Friday, January 14, 2011

Poster Contest Shows Gen-Next Appreciates Rail

First Place Winner: John Paul Nartalez, Farrington HS
We have no way of knowing how old the anti-railers are who post their comments (always negative) below the Star-Advertiser’s online rail-related editorials (always positive), stories and letters. Judged by their comments, they aren’t teenagers.

Contrast their world-weariness with the optimism found in the posters submitted by Oahu teens for Honolulu rail’s 2010 poster contest. We’re featuring the top three places at Yes2Rail today, as announced this morning by Mayor Peter Carlisle on KHON-TV2.

The winners: First Place, John Paul Nartatez, Farrington High School; Second Place, Erica S. Buxton, Farrington High School; Third Place (tie), Catherine Johnny, Campbell High School, and Kody Castillo, Radford High School.

Nartatez has won an Apple iPod Touch for his poster, which he titled “Should Have Caught the Rail.” All contest submissions are posted at the Moving Us Forward website and the Youth Council on Rail Facebook page.

A theme that runs through many of the posters is another contrast – the one between fast, frequent, reliable and safe rail transit and the traffic-choked streets and highways below.

The next generation knows continued reliance on single-occupancy vehicles (the norm today) is not sustainable in the decades ahead. Hawaii’s gas prices are the nation’s highest. We already have predictions that oil’s price could rise to $150/barrel next year! What it might be in 20, 30 and 40 years from now is beyond comprehension.

Today’s youth see the light and will lead the way – just as soon as the rest of us get out of it.
Second Place: Erica S. Buxton, Farrington HS
Third Place (tie): Catherine Johnny, Campbell HS
Third Place (tie): Kody Castillo, Radford HS

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