NEWTON — To help promote awareness of the work accomplished throughout New Jersey’s 21 counties, the constitutional officers in each county sponsor an annual poster contest called “My County.” Earlier this year, County Clerk Jeff Parrott, Sheriff Michael Strada, and Surrogate Gary Chiusano invited all fourth-graders to design a poster for the contest. The students were asked to depict those characteristics that make Sussex County unique. The contest is open annually to fourth-graders, since they generally study the State of New Jersey as part of their social studies curriculum.“We live in a great county,” Parrott said. “And it’s always fun to see how the students take what they learn about county government in school – and maybe some trips or sites they’ve visited personally – and combine that experience to create some really amazing posters.”The winner of this year's contest is Avery May Frank of the Merriam Avenue School in Newton. Second place went to Andrew Steinberg, also of Merriam Avenue. The third polace finisher was Maryanna Cova-Gomez of the Cedar Mountain School in Vernon.Certificates and prizes were awarded to the top three winners, with the first-place winner receiving a Kindle Fire, and second- and third-place winners receiving gift cards in the amount of $50 and $25. All three winners also received two tickets each to this summer’s NJ State Fair held at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, where their posters will be on public display in the County Building at the Clerk’s booth.Also acknowledged with special Judges Awards were: Keelye Korger, Franklin Nathan Steyling, Franklin Ava Veloce, Hardyston Alijaan Nujan, Hardyston Alyssa Veloce, Cedar Mountain, Vernon Sydney Vierzchalek, Cedar Mountain, Vernon Alexis Provino, Cedar Mountain, Vernon Rachel Kline, Stillwater Ella Nuss, Wantage Mia Donofrio, Lafayette Riley Struble, Merriam Avenue, Newton Edreece Sharaf, Merriam Avenue, Newton Anna Schlereth, Merriam Avenue, NewtonIn all, eight schools comprising over 250 students participated in this year’s contest. County Clerk Parrott, along with representatives from both the sheriff and surrogate’s offices, visited the schools of the top three award-winners to present them with their certificates and prizes.