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Smith's artistic flair earns her district win
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Kaylee Smith’s unique vision of peace in the world has once again won her the distinction of best in the district.
Smith entered the “Our World Our Future” Lions Clubs International peace poster contest and won first place in the county. The winning poster was then sent to district competition in which Smith also placed first. Smith was also a 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.
Patsy Paquette, McMinnville Lions Club representative, said, “I am so excited Kaylee won the district competition. I am keeping my fingers crossed she will place at state.”
Seth Wright, graphic designer at the Southern Standard, was one of the judges of the county competition. “I have been judging this competition for several years. I believe this poster is the best one I’ve seen since Patsy has been bringing me posters to judge. The concept was strong, it effectively conveyed the theme and the execution was solid,” said Wright.
Kaylee won money from 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.
Crosley Smith also earned money and 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 won first place in the county for her writing.
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.”
Both Kaylee and Crosley are the granddaughters of Joyce Smith, who happens to be their language arts teacher.
“I am very proud of these girls both as their teacher and as their grandmother,” said Smith.
More information about Lions Clubs International, including poster contest international grand prize and merit award winners, may be viewed at