Local students take out Lions Club Peace Poster prizes

RIGHT: Anna Cockburn from Monteagle Public School and her poster, LEFT: Indyana Bedford with Heather Bailey and her winning poster at St Mary's Primary School.
RIGHT: Anna Cockburn from Monteagle Public School and her poster, LEFT: Indyana Bedford with Heather Bailey and her winning poster at St Mary's Primary School.

Two local students, one from Monteagle Public School and one from St Mary’s Primary School have been selected as the winners of the 2018 Lions Club Peace Poster competition.

Anna Cockburn and Indyana Bedford have taken the first step in becoming internationally recognised artists by winning the local Lions Club competition.

Lions Club International are sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people in all countries with the contest open to 11-13 year old children.

The posters were judged and selected by two Lions Club members and local artist, Heather Ruhl on originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “Kindness Matters”.

“When I think of peace I think of many colours and everyone being kind and not fighting with each other,” Anna said. 

“Peace belongs in the minds of people who believe in themselves and others,” Indyana said.

“Being able to provide students with the opportunity to share their visions of peace is wonderful,” Lions Club Peace poster coordinator Heather Bailey said.

Anna and Indy’s posters will advance to face stiff competition through the district, multiple district and international rounds of competition.

One grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected.

The grand prize includes a cash award of US$5000 (or the country’s cash equivalent) plus a trip for the winner and two family members to an award ceremony usually held in the USA.

A local ceremony was held at both schools last week where Heather spoke to all contestants and presented Anna and Indy with their Achievement Awards plus a Certificate of Appreciation to each School for their participation in the contest.

On behalf of The Lions Club of Young, Heather expressed her gratitude to the teachers who gave their students the opportunity to think about peace and kindness and creatively express what that means to them.

It is hoped that each year more local schools will participate in this very worthwhile contest.

If anyone would like any information on next year’s competition they are able to do so by contacting the Lions Club of Young.