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Art Students Plow the Way in PennDot Contest

Art Students Plow the Way in PennDot Contest In September, a crane dropped off a gigantic yellow snow plow near Cheltenham High School’s flagpole entrance. Head scratching to some at first, observers eventually caught the (snow) drift of what was happening.

Over the next few weeks, senior art students Clarence Clark IV, Eliza Kim, Anhy Nguyen and Kyra Quigley painted an original, Cheltenham-inspired design on the plow blade as part of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) “Paint the Plow” contest. 

Cheltenham’s plow design includes this year’s slogan, “Don't Rush in Ice and Slush,” a black panther making its way through a snow drift and the name of the high school in bold block letters along the bottom of the blade. Cheltenham’s design will be visible on the blade while it’s in service during the winter-weather months. 

The contest is a community outreach program in which students paint a PennDOT snow plow blade with original artwork representing their schools. The campaign enhances public awareness and promotes winter driving safety, while fostering greater appreciation for PennDOT and the schools’ art programs.

This year is just the second time “Paint the Plow” is open to high schools throughout PennDOT’s District 6, so Cheltenham’s entry will go up against designs from schools in the five-county area. A week of online promoting and voting on PennDOT’s Twitter and Facebook pages from Monday, Nov. 11 through 11:59 on Sunday, Nov. 17 will determine the “Fan Favorite” winner. A URL to register votes will be made public on Monday morning. 

Concurrent to the online voting, a panel of judges from District 6 will decide the PennDOT “Judges Pick” winner. The winning school’s plow will be judged on its creativity and ability to incorporate a winter driving safety message while blending with the year’s safety theme. Winners in both categories are expected to be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

PennDOT’s Paint the Plow Program began during the 2015-2016 winter season when first explored in Cambria County. In the following years, the program expanded into other areas of the state.