This year's theme was "Lighting the Path to World Peace". Students, ages 11-13 were eligible to participate and had to draw, paint or sketch their interpretation of the contest's theme; no words were allowed.
The Greenbelt Lions club sponsored the contest at four local Greenbelt Schools as well as at several of the Magnet schools where Greenbelt children attend. Four schools submitted posters: Glenarden Woods, Eisenhower Middle School, Kenmoor Middle School and Thomas Pullen Arts Magnet School. Greenbelter Maia McWilliams also finished first at her school (Kenmoor Middle) as did Sherri Newman at Eisenhower Middle.
Each school/group who submitted posters had their posters judged to determine a first, second, and third place winner for their school. An award ceremony was held with prize money and certificates presented to all the winners. Next, the first place winning poster from each school was forwarded on to compete at the Lions District 22-C level. All the local first place winners' entries were judged again and a new first place winner and runners up were selected. The first place winning poster from this group was forwarded on to compete at the Multiple District 22 level. From there one poster is forwarded on to compete at the international competition level. Flynn's entry was not only judged best at her school, but also was selected as the winner at the District 22-C level, beating out 25 other first place winners. For winning at that level, Flynn was presented another certificate, a gift bag, and a $50 savings bond. Flynn's poster was then forwarded on to the multiple district level competition, and competed against four other entries from the other districts in Multiple District 22, but her poster was not the one selected to go forward to represent the multiple district at the International level of competition. Siegel's entry was also judged best at her school and finished fourth at the District level.
Each year over 300,000 children worldwide, compete in the Lions International Peace Poster competition. The level of artistic ability and their insights into what peace really means to these young children is a humbling sight to behold, particularly since some of these children who have never known peace in their lifetime. If you'd like to see the winners at the International level from this year's contests, click here.
Whether you are involved with a youth group, home school group, or are a Greenbelt student attending a public or private school this contest is open to you. It only requires that a local Lions club sponsor you. If you would like more information on how to become sponsored by the Greenbelt Lions Club to participate in this annual contest, please send an email to the Greenbelt Lions at GreenbeltLions@hotmail.com with your contact information. The local portion of the contest is typically held during October and November of each year.
|Maia McWilliams - 1st Place|
|Shaine Siegel - 4th Place|
|Elise Flynn - 1st Place|
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