Sydney Manns wins Sunbury Lions Peace Poster Contest
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Each year, Lions Clubs around the world sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups to encourage young people worldwide ages 11 through 13 to artistically express their visions of peace.
Each year’s contest consists of an original theme incorporating peace. Participants use a variety of mediums, including charcoal, crayon, pencil and paint, to express the theme. The works created are unique and express the young artists’ life experiences and culture.
The theme of the 2012–13 school year Peace Poster Contest is: Imagine Peace. Students, ages 11, 12 or 13, on November 15 were eligible to participate.
Twenty-four international finalists are selected each year, representing the work of more than 350,000 young participants worldwide. Posters are shared globally via the Internet, the media and exhibits around the world.
As part of that process, local Lions Clubs pick area finalists who win cash awards and also the opportunity to advance to additional judging phases.
Members of the Sunbury Lions Club selected a Peace Poster created by Big Walnut Middle School student Sydney Manns as this year’s local grand prize winner, said middle school art teacher Nancy Crawford. This year’s two runners-up were Haley Griffith and Amani Saa.