EAST PROVIDENCE — Each year Lions Clubs International sponsors a worldwide contest in which students ages 11 through 13 draw a poster that interprets the peace theme for that given year. The theme for the 2012 – 2013 contest was “Imagine Peace.”
The Rumford Lions sponsored two local contests this year, one at Martin Middle School and one at Riverside Middle School. The students are provided with a copy of the rules and have approximately 6 weeks to complete their poster. Upon completion a team of five judges consisting of the respective schools Art Teacher, Principal, and Resource Officer, a member of the Rumford Lions, and a local artist determine the winners.
The posters are judged in Theme Interpretation, Artistic Merit, and Originality. The students whose posters are judged first, second and third receive a cash prize and a certificate. In addition the poster of the first place finisher in each of the schools goes on to the state competition.
The winner of the state goes on to the international contest where the top prize is $5,000 and twenty three $500 awards are also given. The top prize is presented to the winner at the United Nations in New York City.
This year’s local winners are:Martin Middle School
1st: Talig Tilman
2nd: Sophia Ramerez
3rd: Emily Pacheco
Riverside Middle School
1st : Alexis Aquiar
2nd: Kristy Sittinger
3rd: Julia Roque