BOTETOURT MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS McCABE AND CAMPER ADVANCE IN LIONS INTERNATIONAL PEACE POSTER CONTEST
Troutville, VA, November 5, 2012 – Caroline McCabe and Skyler Camper, students at Read Mountain and Central Academy Middle Schools respectively, have taken the first step to becoming internationally recognized artists by winning local competitions at their schools sponsored by the Troutville Lions Club. The posters drawn by McCabe and Camper were among more than 350,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 25th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.
The winning posters were selected by a panel of judges from their schools for originality, artistic merit and expression of the contest theme, “Imagine Peace”. The judging at the schools was held in October under the supervision of Susanne Sellars and Mark Woodie, art teachers at Read Mountain and Central Academy.
Two students at each school were cited for honorable mention. They are Brooklyn Shelton and Yasmin Sykes at Read Mountain and Hannah Jordan and Makayla Saville at Central Academy. The six students are ages 11, 12, and 13.
Troutville Lions Club President Bob Venable said the annual Peace Poster contest provides the Troutville Lions an opportunity to sponsor a program that involves local schools and students in Lions Club activities. “Each year over 100 students participate at our two middle schools. This program allows them to openly express how they visualize peace. It is an excellent way for them to show their imagination.”
The posters drawn by McCabe and Camper must advance as winners through the district, multiple district and international rounds of competition if they are to be declared the international grand prize winner. 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 New York City for 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.
Locally, McCabe, Camper, and honorable mention winners Shelton, Sykes, Jordan, and Saville will be honored at PTA evening assemblies at their respective schools on December 10th. The winners will each receive a $50 check and a framed certificate. A $25 check and framed certificate will be awarded to the four honorable mention students. Award money is donated by the Bank of Botetourt and Bank of Fincastle. Past international grand prize and merit award winners and posters can be viewed at www.lionsclubs.org.
–Stan Dietz,Troutville Lions Club