GREENBELT LIONS CLUB Holds Peace Poster Contest for 1999-2000

(Greenbelt, Maryland) -- The Lions International Peace Poster Contest was created in 1988 to give young people an opportunity to express their feelings about peace. Since then, more than 1.8 million students from over 57 countries have participated in the annual contest. The theme of the 1999-2000 contest was "A New Beginning for Peace". Previous contest winners have represented every region of the globe, including Peru, Lebanon, Italy, Japan, Indonesia and the United States.

The contest was open to young people worldwide, ages 11-13. Local Lions Clubs sponsor the contest for local schools or youth groups. Students draw, sketch or paint their interpretation of the annual contest's theme. One winner is chosen per school or youth group to advance to district competition. On the district level, one winner is selected to go on to multiple district competition. The multiple district winner is forwarded to International Headquarters to compete in international semifinalist judging. Twenty-four posters representing the best efforts of the more than 325,000 children who enter annually are chosen to go on to international finalist competition. A panel of internationally renowned judges selects the grand prize winner from the field of 24 finalists. The remaining posters are named merit award winners.

The Greenbelt Lions Club sponsored students and youth groups at Glenarden Woods, Oakcrest Elementary, and Thomas Pullen Arts Middle School. The three first place winners at the local level each received a $25 cash award. The winners were: Maia McWilliams and April Roberts both from Greenbelt and Samantha Vernon who resides in Lanham.

At the district level, 60 first place local winners competed against each other. Samantha Vernon placed first and Maia McWilliams finished second. Samantha's poster, depicting a butterfly whose wings were colored with many of the flags from around the world, now moves on to judging at the multiple district level. Samantha had previously placed third at the district level in last year's peace poster contest.


Maia McWilliams
DISTRICT WINNER
Maia McWilliams - 2nd Place
 
Samantha Vernon
DISTRICT WINNER
Samantha Vernon - 1st Place

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