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Students show their vision for peace
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Twenty-four students at Covenant Academy took part in the McMinnville Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Club International sponsored the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.
Kaylee Smith’s artistic talents once again earned her first place in the competition for the second year in a row. 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.
Artistic talent must run in the Smith family as Kaylee’s cousin, Crosley Smith, placed second and won $25 from the Lions Club. Reagan Whitlock’s poster placed third and won $10.
All participants received a coupon for free crazy bread from Little Caesar’s general manager Christy Phillips. “Little Caesars is proud to be partnering with the McMinnville Lions Club to offer this gift to all participants in the peace poster contest. Everyone did a great job,” said Phillips.
The contest was open to students ages 11 to 13. The students were asked to think about peace and creatively express what peace means to them and then share their unique vision with the world.
The winning posters were selected by judges Seth Wright, graphic designer at Southern Standard, and Margaret Hobbs, Lifestyles editor at Southern Standard. The posters were judged on originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “Imagine Peace.”
“We are all so proud of all of you for participating in this contest,” said Lions Club representative Patsy Paquette. “All of you did an outstanding job. I’m glad I wasn’t the judge. Thank you for sharing your vision of peace with us. We are rooting for Kaylee to win the grand prize. I hope she gets to go to New York. If she wins, I want to go with her.”
Paquette said Covenant Academy is the only local school which participated this year.
The McMinnville Lions Club budgets $10,000 to provide eye exams and eyeglasses free to children under age 18 and to the elderly. Adults in need can also receive eyeglasses and eye exams free of charge from the club. Forms for eyeglass exams may be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce or High Funeral Home.
The McMinnville Lions Club is selling 16-ounce bags of Georgia-grown pecans for $9 per bag. To order pecans, call Paquette at 668-9809 or Sandy Burton at 224-4409. “These will be delicious in Thanksgiving pecan pies,” said Paquette.
International grand prize and merit award winners may be viewed at