Mikayla Rink, a sixth grade student at Jordan-Elbridge Middle School, took first place in the local competition sponsored by the JE Lions Club. Rink's poster was among more than 375,00 entries submitted worldwide in the 23rd annual Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest, which is meant to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.
"Through her binoculars, a girl's vision of peace includes peace symbols on leaves and a white dove," Rink said.
The poster was selected for its originality and portrayal of the contest theme, "Vision of Peace." The judging was held at the JE Community Center with local seniors participating in the selection.
Lions Club President Dennis Pelmear said he was impressed by the expression and creativity of the students in the middle school art class.
"It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them," Pelmear said. "I'm so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their vision."
Second place and third place winners are Emily Kuenle and Katie Erwin. All three winners are awarded with savings bonds.
Lions Clubs are committed to conquering blindness and offering community service as well as helping youth throughout the world.