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December 9th, 2010
Bluebonnet Lions Club names winner in peace poster competition

120610lionsPoster honorees pose with their work. Left to right: Bluebonnet Lions Peace Poster Committee Chair, Rose Brooks with contestants Taylor Soliz, Loren Gamez, Jazzlynn Derrick and SMCISD Art Teacher, Daniel Hernandez.

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Loren Gamez, an eighth-grader at Miller Middle School, recently won first place at a local art competition sponsored by the Bluebonnet Lions Club.  The theme for the Lions Club poster contest is “Visions of Peace.”

Gamez’ poster now goes on to district competition.  Gamez’ poster is one of more than 375,000 entries in competitions taking place world wide.

Other Miller students were also honored for their participation. Jazzlyn Derrick won second place and Elias Tristan took home third place honors. Honorable mentions went to Taylor Soliz and Tristan Whitlock. Supporting the students for the contest was San Marcos CISD art teacher Daniel Hernandez.

“It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them,” said Bluebonnet Lions Peace Poster Committee Chair Rose Brooks. “I’m so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions. Our club is cheering for Loren as her poster advances in the competition, and we hope that her vision of peace will ultimately be shared with others around the world. “

The competition includes multiple district and international rounds of competition. The grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be announced in May.

The grand prize includes a cash award of $5,000 and a round trip for the winner and two family members to New York City for an awards ceremony on Lions Day with the United Nations. The merit award winners each receive a certificate and $500 cash.

The Lions Club is sponsoring this year’s contest theme  in the hopes of emphasizing world peace to young people. Past Lions Club international grand prize winners can be seen by visiting www.lionsclub.org.

The Lions Club, established in 1917,  is the world’s largest service organization with approximately 45,000 clubs in 200 countries.

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