The Utica Comets and Utica City FC 2018-2019 Coloring Contest has officially wrapped up its third year in existence. The annual contest for students in kindergarten through fifth grade saw participation from 36 schools all across the Mohawk Valley. Throughout three years, the goal has remained simple: for local youth to engage with the Comets and Utica City FC’s brands.

The 36 schools participated in the contest to showcase their students’ artistic abilities and to be able to color and modify a Utica Comets or Utica City FC picture in his or her own way. The winners were chosen by both the Utica Comets and Utica City FC players. These players included Dylan Blujus and Tony Cameranesi from the Utica Comets and Liam Callahan, Mohamed Kenawy, Ben Ramin and Slavisa Ubiparipovic of Utica City FC. Prizes included an iPad Mini for all the winners, a pizza party with Audie for second place winners, a Comets’ VIP experience for first place winners. For the grand prize winners, prizes included a shopping spree in the Team Store, an Xbox One and EA Sports NHL 19, a Comets premier VIP experience and an appearance at their school by either Utica Comets or Utica City FC players.

As part of the giving spirit of the holidays, the Comets were humbled and excited when Sarah Garrabrant, a winner from last year’s coloring contest, came in to use her shopping spree to purchase hats and scarves for the homeless. She was able to purchase hundreds of items from the store for those in need, a gesture that helped remind everyone with the Comets and Utica City FC what the true meaning of Christmas is.

“The Coloring Contest is a wonderful opportunity to involve the players in the community,” Colleen Cianfrocco, Save of the Day Foundation CEO. “It is also a great way to help the kids in our community feel a connection to the Comets and the UCFC players.”

The Save of the Day Foundation began with a focus on education and with the vision that nothing is more vital to a child’s success than the fundamentals learned in the classroom. Save of the Day supports organizations that focus on formal K-12 education programs that innovate and motivate children to stay in school, do well academically and encourage higher education. Understanding the importance of a safe learning environment, the Foundation supports a range of opportunities for youth to develop their own special talents. To learn more about the Save of the Day Foundation, visit

The Utica Comets and Utica City FC teams are proud to announce the 2018-2019 Coloring Contest winners:

Grand Prize:

Primary Grade: Adriana Cruz, McConnellsville Elementary

Upper Elementary: Karley Hughes, Marcy Elementary


1st place: Lillian Wegrzyn, Notre Dame Elementary

2nd place: Analisa Paw, Conkling Elementary School

3rd place: Emma Riemenschneider, General William Floyd Elementary

First Grade:

1st place: Addie Jarosz, Myles Elementary

2nd place: Khilee Camerota, N.A. Wahlbran Elementary School

3rd place: Addie Zysk, Notre Dame Elementary 

Second Grade:

1st place: Abubaker Alijamal, Martin Luther King Elementary

2nd place: Gladys Knight, Frankfort-Schuyler Elementary School

3rd place: Ryker, General William Floyd Elementary

Third Grade:

1st place: Mckenzie Kopytowski, J.D. George Elementary

2nd place: Logan Kubecka, Barringer Rd Elementary School

3rd place: Julia Alcun, Harts Hill Elementary

Fourth Grade:

1st place: Malik Fleij, Gansevoort Elementary 

2nd place: Eliana Bentley, Clinton Elementary

3rd place: Kira Zaikoff, Westmoreland Road Elementary

Fifth Grade:

1st place: Madeline Clancy, Harts Hill Elementary 

2nd place: Zana Seferagic, Albany Elementary

3rd place: Matthew Lunney, Mt. Markham Middle School