Troutville, VA, November 12, 2013 – Brianna Baldwin and John Hurley, students at Central Academy and Read Mountain Middle Schools, have taken the first step to becoming internationally recognized artists by winning local competitions at their schools sponsored by the Troutville Lions Club. The posters drawn by Baldwin and Hurley were among more than 350,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 26th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.
The winning posters were selected by a panel of judges from their schools for originality, artistic merit and expression of the contest theme, “Our World, Our Future”. The judging at the schools was held in late October under the supervision of Susanne Sellars and Mark Woodie, art teachers at Read Mountain and Central Academy.
Two students at each school were cited for honorable mention. They are Riley Emick and Caroline McCabe at Read Mountain and McKenzie Moore and Kyla Jamison at Central Academy. The six students are ages 11, 12, and 13.
Troutville Lions Club President Everett Hurst said the annual Peace Poster contest involves local schools and students which is an important part of Lions Club activities. “Each year our two local area middle schools provide approximately 100 students an opportunity to participate in a program that allows them to openly express how they visualize peace and the future. It is an excellent way for them to show their imagination.”
The posters drawn by Baldwin and Hurley must advance as winners through the district, multiple district and international rounds of competition if they are to be declared the international grand prize winner. 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 New York City for the awards ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations. The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.
Locally, Baldwin, Hurley, and honorable mention winners Emick, McCabe, Moore, and Jamison will be honored at a PTA general assembly at their schools on December 9th. The winners will each receive a $50 check and a framed certificate. A $25 check and framed certificate will be awarded to the four honorable mention students. Award money is donated by the Bank of Botetourt and Bank of Fincastle. Past international grand prize and merit award winners and posters can be viewed at www.lionsclubs.org.- See more at: http://blogs.roanoke.com/botetourtview/2013/11/international-peace-poster-winners-from-cams-and-rmms-announced-by-lions-club/#sthash.XlsnCJmE.dpuf