The Sleepy Eye Lions Club participated for the first time in the Lions International Peace Poster contest this year.
Lions Clubs sponsor the Peace Poster Contest in their community to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere. It was offered to children ages 11, 12 or 13 at local schools.
Annually, more than 350,000 entries are submitted worldwide in the Lions International Peace Poster Contest, and posters advance through the district, multiple districts and international levels of competition. The grand prize includes a cash award of $5,000 plus a trip for the winner and two family members to an awards ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations. The 23 merit award winners each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.
Sleepy Eye Lions Club President Ron Petersen said he was impressed by the expression and creativity of the students who created the winning posters.
“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.”
The Sleepy Eye Lions Club held the Peace Poster Contest at St. John’s, St. Mary’s and Sleepy Eye Public Schools. Each school had a winning student that was presented $50.
St. John’s winner is Colten Maas, St. Mary’s winner is Jena Schroepfer and Sleepy Eye Public’s winner is Mariah Miller. The judge for the posters was area artist Steve Christensen who also owns 7 Pines Studio based in Southern Minnesota.
Sleepy Eye poster winners are submitted to the district levels to continue competition.