GREENBELT LIONS CLUB Holds Peace Poster Contest for 1998-1999

(Greenbelt, Maryland) -- The Greenbelt Lions Club sponsored four schools/groups in the 11th Annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest:  Jennifer Moon of Bowie (Thomas Pullen National Junior Arts Honor Society); Tiffany Byrd of Laurel (Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School); Samantha Vernon of Laurel (Glenarden Woods Elementary); and Ben Cigno of Fort Washington (Thomas Pullen Arts Magnet School) were each declared 1st place winners for their respective schools/youth groups.

All the first place winners at the local (club) level from all of the Lions Clubs that sponsored schools then advanced to round-two regional/district competition in Lions Club International District 22-C, which covers Washington, D.C., and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George's, and St. Mary's counties in Maryland. Moon's entry stood against tough competition and her entry was selected from among 60 entries at the district level and chosen as the first place winner at the regional level. Jennifer is an 8th grade student at Thomas Pullen Arts Magnet School in Landover, Maryland. Moon's entry was judged the best at portraying the contest's theme, "Planting the Seeds of Peace". Moon's colorful poster depicted a clay flowerpot draped with a ribbon emblazoned with all the flags of the world. The flowerpot contained several Black-eyed Susans with the faces of children of different nationalities blooming inside them. Moon's poster then advanced to the multiple district level (including clubs from Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware); but alas, another poster was selected to go forward to the International level of competition.

Samantha Vernon, a 6th grade student at Glenarden Woods, finished third in the district.

"For more than a decade, the Lions International Peace Poster Contest has given children across the globe a creative outlet that allows them to express their feelings about the issue of peace," said Lions Clubs International President Kajit Habanananda. Over the past 11 years, 1.8 million children from around the world have participated in the contest. Participation continues to expand, with an average of 325,000 posters, representing 57 countries, submitted in recent years. Lions Clubs International sponsors the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere. Local Lions clubs from around the world host contests in their community to select posters that will move through several judging levels; club, district (region), and multiple district (state or country). Ultimately, 24 posters are chosen to compete in the final round of competition.

The grand prize winner is then selected from this finalist group and receives $2,500 and a trip to a special awards ceremony at the United Nations in New York. Previous grand prize winners have represented nearly every region of the globe, including Lebanon, Italy, Japan, Indonesia and the United States. The remaining 23 posters are named merit award winners, with each artist receiving a framed certificate and a check for $500. All 24 finalist posters become part of a traveling art exhibit that visits children's museums across the United States. Currently, the merit award winners posters are on display in the lobby of the Empire State Building in New York City.

Greenbelt Lions Club President "T.J." Engram said he was pleased with all the work the students put into the project. "From looking at all the entries, it was obvious that each student spent a great deal of time in coming up with original ways to express his/her strong feelings about peace," Engram said.

Locally, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners from each of the schools the Greenbelt Lions Club sponsored received cash awards and certificates. The other winners were:

Any school potentially interested in participating in the 12th Annual contest this year may contact PJ Siegel at 301-734-0245 for information and rules.


Eisenhower Middle School

  • 1st -- Tiffany Byrd - Laurel
  • 2nd -- Jamil Taylor - Laurel
  • 3rd -- Misty Escalora - Laurel
  • Kevin Cook, Tariq Dixon, Daniel Grimes, Kenny Harris, Dennis Nguyen, Christopher Reed, Claire Vazquez

    Oakcrest Elementary
    Glendarden Woods Elementary

  • 1st -- Samantha Vernon - Lanham
  • 2nd -- Jill Lau - Greenbelt
  • 3rd -- Swanee Daniels (Oakcrest) - Landover
  • 3rd -- Melina Cordero - Laurel
  • Kandice Fields, Sue Lee, Nicole Manuel, Chrissy Voight

    Thomas Pullen Arts Magnet School

  • 1st -- Ben Cigno - Fort Washington
  • 2nd -- Lydia Bedford - University Park
  • 3rd -- Pali Dacanay - Lanham
  • 3rd -- Jeremiah Cigno - Fort Washington
  • April Roberts, Aidan Sims

    Thomas Pullen National Junior Art Honor Society

  • 1st -- Jennifer Moon - Bowie
  • 2nd -- Ashley Kowzun - Laurel
  • 3rd -- Jacquie Tull - Greenbelt
  • Allison Ackerman, Rosanne Baker, Andrea Brown, Jenna Buckingham, Jessica Mealey, Hillary Migs, Robin Poppert, Rhapsody Snyder, Amber Usilton

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