Muncy student advances to International for Lions peace poster contest
MUNCY – Leah D. Vest, a 6th grade student at Ward L. Myers Elementary School in Muncy has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local poster competition sponsored by the Muncy Area Lions Club.
Vest’s poster was among more than 600,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 30th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.
Considering the 2018 theme” KINDNESS MATTERS” Vest, an 11 year-old from Muncy, said as she conceived the illustrations for the poster, “Everyone deserves love, kindness, peace and most importantly, a good home.”
Judges for the poster selections were: Larry Grieco, a retired teacher; local artist Tom Smith and Muncy Area Lions Club President; David Moyer, artis and PCT Faculty; and Timothy Welliver, Muncy Jr./Sr. High School Principal. Selections were made on originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme. The judging of 19 local entries was held on November 5th at Muncy High School.
Muncy Area Lions Club President Tom Smith said he was impressed by the expression and creativity of the students of Ward L. Myers Elementary Art Class. “It is amazing that these young people have such insightful ideas about how kindness and world peace are so related. I’m proud that our club is able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions.”
Vest’s poster will advance to face stiff competition through the district, multiple districts and international competition if she is to be declared the international grand prize winner according to Smith.
One grand prize winner and 23 merit winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash award of $5,000, plus trip for the winner and two family members to an award ceremony. The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.
“Our club is cheering for Leah as her poster advances in the competition, and we hope her vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world,” said Ed Herman, Project Chair for Muncy Area Lions Club.
Locally, Vest, Kaiden Tramontana and Katie Shipton have been honored for their participation by the Muncy Area Lions Club, and were presented with certificates and monetary prizes.
View international grand prize and merit winners at www.lionsclubs.org,#peaceposter
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with 1.4 million members in more than 47,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographic areas. In addition to its efforts toward conquering blindness, the organization has made a strong commitment to community service and helping youth throughout the world.
For more information about the Muncy Area Lions Club, visit their Facebook page