GREENBELT LIONS CLUB Holds Peace Poster Contest for 2000-2001

(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 1.9 million students from over 66 countries have participated in the annual contest. The theme of the 2000 - 2001 contest was "United in Peace". This year's International contest winners represented every region of the globe, including Guadeloupe, Paraguay, Mexico, South Africa, Indonesia, India, the Republics of Korea and China, Peru, Slovenia, Bolivia, Japan, Malaysia, Kenya, Canada, 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 drew, sketched or painted their interpretation of the annual contest's theme. One winner was chosen per school or youth group to advance to district competition. On the district level, one winner was selected to go on to multiple district competition. The multiple district winner is then 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 from 66 different nations 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 Eisenhower Middle School, Greenbelt Middle School, and Kenmoor Middle School. The first place winners at each of the local school's received a $25 cash award and runners-up also received certificates and cash awards. The first place winners were: Mercedes Sharps (Greenbelt Middle), Grace Yang (Eisenhower Middle), and Amanda Morehead (Kenmoor Middle).

At the district level, all the first place local winners were judged against each other with one being selected to proceed to the multiple district level. Amanda Morehead placed first in District 22-C. Amanda's poster depicted the world surrounded by people of all nationalities holding hands.

Grace Yang's Poster
Grace Yang - 1st Place
Amanda Morehead's Poster
Amanda Morehead - 1st Place

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