Four students from four area middle schools advance in Lions International Peace Poster Contest. They are: Vicente Rodriguez, an eighth-grade student at Wy’east Middle School (see his essay, at right); Genesis Quezada, a seventh-grade student at Mid-Columbia Adventist; George Lowell, a seventh-grade student from Horizon Christian School; and Austin Norton, a seventh-grade student from Hood River Middle School.
All took the first step in becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Hood River Lions Club.
The posters are among more than 375,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 25th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions International sponsors the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people.
Staff members including art instructors and vice principals from each school judged the posters based on originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme “Imagine Peace.” The judging was Nov. 5-9.
Hood River Lions Club President Pam Chandler said she was impressed by the expression and creativity of all the students.
“It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them. I’m so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions.
“Rodriguez, Quezada, Powell and Norton’s posters will advance to face stiff competition through district, multiple district and international rounds of competition if one of them is to be declared the international grand prize winner,” Chandler said.
One grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash award of $5,000 plus a trip for the winner and two family members to the award ceremony at the Lions Day with the United Nations. The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.
Local winners and the second and third placers from each school will be honored by the Lions Club Dec. 15 at the Hood River Library, where their posters will be on display.