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Smith takes top prize in Lions Club poster contest
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Four Covenant Academy students have won awards for their artwork and writing.
Kaylee Smith has once again won an award for her art. Kaylee took first place in the county for the “Our World, Our Future” Lions Clubs International Peace poster contest. She was the district winner in this contest two years ago.
Students participating in the contest were asked to think about peace and creatively express what peace means to them and to share their own unique visions with the world.
Kaylee said of her poster, “It shows different people planting a seed which represents the world. The seed grows and takes root in the peace sign. It shows how we need to grow to world peace. It also shows different tasks we can do to achieve peace such as feeding the homeless and picking up litter.”
One girl in Kaylee’s poster has peace signs where the irises of her eyes are. Smith said the drawing shows the girl has visions of peace.
Taking second and third place in the contest were Savannah English and Naina Patel, respectively.
Savannah’s poster showed hands holding the world. “The world in is our hands and peace begins with us,” she said.
Naina’s poster shows people working together to make a more peaceful planet. “If we don’t take better care of our world, pollution will increase and the world will turn into a disaster. We can accomplish more with more people than with just one person,” said Naina.
Crosley Smith earned first-place recognition for the essay she entered in the Lions Clubs International Essay Contest. The contest had the same theme as the posters, “Our World, Our Future.”
Crosley’s essay begins, “It all starts with one person ...”
She said ideas begin with one person, a “person taking action, walking the walk and talking the talk. Our future in this world could depend on just one single person having an idea, and putting that idea into action.”
Crosley continued, “Sometimes I wonder if I could change the world. I enjoy speaking and reaching out to others. I also want to help others in need and lead them to Christ. I have always wanted to be a missionary when I grow up. One day I realized it does not have to be when I grow up. It can be now! I can start missionary work now and change my future, others’ future, and maybe even the world’s future.”
Kaylee won $50 from the McMinnville Lions Club and a chance to earn a grand prize of $5,000 and a trip for her and two family members to Lions Day with the United Nations in New York.
Savannah won $25 from the Lions Club and Naina won $10 in the contest which was open to all students ages 11 to 13.
All participants received a coupon for free crazy bread from Little Caesar’s which partnered with the Lions Club on this project.
Winning posters were selected by judges Seth Wright, graphic designer at Southern Standard, and Brittany Nunley, page designer at Southern Standard. The posters were judged on originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “Our World, Our Future.”
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