Every year, Lions from around the world sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Children from around the world are invited to submit a poster expressing their view of peace. Over 4 million children from nearly 100 countries participate in this contest using a variety of mediums from pencils to paint to express their theme. The posters are judged by individual clubs. Club winning posters are then sent for judging at the district level then to the multiple district and finally to Lions Clubs International for final judging for the grand prize of $5,000 plus a trip to the United Nations on Lions Clubs’ day at the United Nations. Twenty-three merit award winners receive $500 and a certificate of achievement.
Lioness Lesley Smith, of the Hagerstown Lioness Club, chairperson of the District 22W peace poster contest, announced the winners Nov. 16 at the Myersville Volunteer Fire Department banquet hall following the judging.
The first-place winner was Mikaru Plankenhorn, an eighth-grade student at Middletown Middle School. Her entry was submitted by the Middletown Lions Club and will compete with the other four sub-districts of Multiple District 22, which includes all of Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. Should her poster win at this level, it will be sent to Lions International for competition for the grand prize.
The second-place winner was Anish Shrestha, an eighth-grade student from the Banner School. Her poster was submitted by the Frederick Lions Club. The third-prize winner was Marie Smith, a seventh-grade student at St. Johns School, whose entry was also submitted by the Frederick Lions Club. Jane Orellana, an eighth-grade student at Gov. Thomas Johnson Middle School, was the honorable mention winner. Her entry was also submitted by the Frederick Lions Club.
Lions Clubs International has sponsored this program for over 30 years to encourage young people worldwide to express their visions of peace. Students who will be 11, 12 or 13 years of age on Nov. 15, 2020, and wish to enter next year’s contest are encouraged to contact their nearest Lions Club to get information on requirements for entering the contest. District 22W clubs are listed on the website https://mdlions22w.org.