Anna Welser, an 8th grade student at Athens Middle School, has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Athens Lions Club.
Welser’s poster was among more than 400,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 28th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to emphasis the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.
“Peace is only possible when there is equality,” the 13-year-old from Athens said. The poster was selected by Ryan Ham, Mike Harrington and Kathy Hartman (members of the Athens Lions Club) for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “Share Peace.” The judging was held on October 5th at the Athens Middle School.
Athens Lions Club President Larry Ball said he was impressed by the expression and creativity of the students at the Athens Middle School. “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.”
“Anna’s poster will advance to face stiff competition through the district, multiple district and international rounds of competition if she is to be declared the international grand prize winner,” Ball said.
One grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash award of US$5,000, plus a trip for the winner and two family members to an award ceremony. The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of US$500.
“Our club is cheering for Anna as her poster advances in the competition, and we hope that her vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world,” Ball said.
View international grand prize and merit award winners at www.lionsclubs.org.
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with 1.36 million members in more than 46,000 clubs in 210 countries and geographic areas. In addition to its efforts toward conquering blindness, the organization has made a strong commitment to community service and heling youth throughout the world.