Middle school students win Lions Club Peace Poster contest
By Kevin Hotary - Staff Writer
East Haddam - posted Mon., Nov. 21, 2011
For the past 20 years, the Lions Club International has sponsored a Peace Poster contest, inviting children from across the globe to depict their vision of world-wide peace in a work of art that is based on a particular theme. This year’s theme was “Children Know Peace.”
“It [the contest] goes all around the world. It gets them [the children] talking about peace,” said Linda Bradshaw from the East Haddam Community Lions Club. Her club has been sponsoring the contest locally since its inception, when they had about a dozen entrants. This year, students at Nathan Hale-Ray Middle School, under the guidance of art teacher Claudia Mazzota, submitted 78 posters.
“They [the students] had to do everything, designing it themselves,” said Mazotta, who made the contest a class project.
The Lions, however, were faced with the even more difficult task of choosing a single winner. And this year’s top poster, depicting a circle of joined hands encircling a globe, was composed by eighth-grader Bethany Powell.
“I liked the pattern of people holding hands,” said Powell of her poster. This pattern, she said, represents “peace circling the Earth.” Runners-up also receiving prizes were seventh-graders Nate Kiley, Courtney Lanning and Jeff Soboleski.
The next stop for Powell’s poster is the district contest, with a chance to proceed all the way to the international final, and the grand prize of attending Lions Day at the United Nations.