Thursday, January 24, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
SNELLVILLE -- 400,000 students entered, but seventh-grade student Grace Halley of Snellville has gone above and beyond the local art competition she entered.
Halley has recently been named a finalist in the 25th annual Lion's Club International Peace Poster Contest. After winning the competition at the Snellville Lion's Club, her poster has gone on to qualify through several regional competitions.
The theme for the competition was "Imagine Peace." Entrants ages 11-13 were required to create a poster to express their visions of peace using any artistic medium ranging from charcoal to paint.
Halley's poster depicts six children of various ages and backgrounds, united on a heart of peace.
Her next step to winning the grand prize is the international Lion's Club competition in Chicago this month. Her poster will be judged on originality, artistic merit and expression of the theme.
The winners will be announced on Feb. 1 at the Lion's Day at the United Nations event in New York City. There will be one winner who will be awarded a $5,000 prize and a trip to an international awards ceremony. Twenty-three merit award winners will also receive a $250 prize and a certificate for their involvement.
Past winners come from 17 different countries including Brazil, Italy, Turkey and the United States.
Since 1917, the Lion's Club has been dedicated to aiding the blind and visually impaired. Since its inception, there are now 45,000 clubs in 207 countries.