River Hills Lions name poster, essay winners

January 26, 2013 

— The River Hills Lions recently named three middle-school students winners in the Imagine Peace 2012-2013 International Peace Poster/Essay Contest.

Local Lions offer students ages 11 to 13 to enter visual art medium or the use of words to express global peace.

Olivia Chinnes, Oakridge Middle School visual arts teacher, supervised poster development while Amy Bradshaw supervised essay development. Christopher Moore, Clover Middle School’s visual art teacher, also guided his students.

Entries were judged in November on originality, artistic merit and expression of the theme “Imagine Peace.”

This year’s Oakridge Middle School winners are Emily Budnick for poster and Hunter Vowell for essay, which states: “Peace is simply the end result of kindness. Be respectful, care for others, treat others like you want to be treated, obey rules, help each other resolve issues peacefully and put others before yourself.”

Victoria Carter’s poster was chosen for Clover Middle School. She said, “When I imagine peace, I think of happiness and togetherness.”

Each student received a $50 gift card.

The Oakridge Middle School entries were selected by S.C. Lions District 32-D to represent the district in South Carolina Multiple District 32 judging. Enlarged photos of the two district winners will be displayed at the Feb. 23 Lions 32-D Mid-Winter Convention. The Lions International grand prize winner, together with two parents, receives a trip to the Lions Day award ceremony with the United Nations and a $5,000 prize.

Submitted by Morgan Lombardo

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