Jaylene Harrison, an eighth grade student at Central Middle School in Park Hills, has won a local poster competition sponsored by the Park Hills Lions Club.
Jaylene’s poster was among more than 375,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 24th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.
“People should not discriminate against other nationalities,” Jaylene, 13, said.
Lions Club judges chose the poster for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “Children Know Peace.”
“Harrison’s poster will advance to face stiff competition through the district, multiple district and international rounds of competition if she is to be declared the international grand prize winner,” Lions Club President Kendall Hughes said.
One grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash award of $5,000, plus a trip for the winner and two family members to the awards ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations. The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.
“Our club is cheering for Jaylene as her poster advances in the competition, and we hope that her vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world,” Hughes said.
The Park Hills Lions Club will honor Harrison and 11 other students for their participation through a pizza party, participation and gift certificates. Leslie Burgess, Central Middle School art instructor, encouraged the students to participate in the Lions Club Peace Poster contest.