Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden, County Clerk M. Claire French and County Surrogate Rosemarie Peters were proud to announce the top winner of the “My County” Poster Contest. Shannon Thompson, of St. Rose of Lima School in Freehold Borough, won first place for her poster called, Monmouth County, A Place For All Seasons. “I came home from track and had been at one of the county parks, so I decided to make my poster about the different parks, and I thought it would be more interesting to show them throughout the seasons,” said Thompson who is in fourth grade.


Since the majority of fourth grade students study the state of New Jersey as part of their social studies curriculum, all three Constitutional Officers invited students to enter the countywide poster contest. All school principals in Monmouth County were asked to get each fourth grade student involved by creating his or her own poster that relates to Monmouth County. “The Sheriff’s Office received numerous posters, and I commend all the students who participated,” said Sheriff Golden. “A project like this helps students learn more about the great county we all live in.”

As the top winner, Shannon Thompson was presented with a certificate and a gift card to Barnes and Noble. Also acknowledged for their posters were Caitlin Grassi from St. Rose of Lima School whose focus was on law enforcement, parks, wildlife preservation and beaches, and Ben Hollis, from the Woodrow Wilson School in Neptune City, whose theme was Monmouth County A Beautiful And Safe Place To Live. Both were honored with a certificate and Barnes and Noble gift cards as well.

Many of the posters submitted will be displayed at the Monmouth County Sheriff’s and Clerk’s Offices throughout the next 12 months.