Talia Williams, a 7th grade student, from Girdwood was selected as the winner of the 2016-2017 Peace Poster Contest of Lions in District 49A at their recent Mid Winter Conference in Palmer. Talia’s poster depicts arms outstretched, reaching for the elusive goal of peace represented by a dove. Her poster was judged best from a field of 24 entries from the Anchorage Metro area, the Valley and rural Alaska. She received an award of $100.00 from the District 49A Lions and her poster will be entered in the International competition. The theme of this year’s contest was “A Celebration of Peace.” Talia’s entry was sponsored by the Girdwood Turnagain Arm Lions Club.

Talia made this statement about the message of her poster: “To me Peace is something that can be achieved in many, different ways, and means something different to everybody. One type of Peace is personal, it occurs when you feel calm and confident. Another type of Peace is one between people – countries, cities and communities working together and being accepting, friendly and agreeing. I represent both types of Peace in my drawing. It shows a girl with personal peace and her dream of all human beings working together”

Jim LaBau, Past President of the Mt. McKinley Lions (Anchorage) has been a key leader in promoting the contest for over a decade states “Lions are very proud of our signature Peace Poster contest. It is one of the largest art competitions in the world for youth, ages 11-13. This past year there were over 400,000 entries from 60 countries. We are approaching the 30th anniversary of the contest and are thrilled that millions of children from nearly 100 countries have been a part of this experience. Peace education and international understanding are part of the bedrock of the mission of Lions. This year’s international winner will have their poster unveiled at “Lions Day at the UN” this coming spring and the winner will also be presented to the Lions International Convention in Chicago this June. The winner receives a $5,000.00 cash award and 23 additional finalists also receive a $500.00 merit award.”

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