[12/19/16] Manson’s Maddison Alejo Wins Lion’s Peace Poster Contest

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CHELAN, WA December 16, 2016:


The Lake Chelan Lions Club has sponsored a Peace Poster Contest at both Chelan and Manson School. Students ages 11-13 were asked to create a poster with the theme “Celebrate Peace”.

Maddison Alejo, a student at Manson School- Options Program, has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Lake Chelan Lions Club. Also selected as 1st Runner up winners from each school—Celestina Pacheco of Manson and Kira Sandoval of Chelan. They did a wonderful job and have a future as artists. Maddison received a $50 gift certificate for art supplies at Mainstreet Gallery in Chelan and both of the other winners received $25 certificates. Maddison will also be a guest student for a professional art class this Spring which was donated by the Lake Chelan Arts Council. We hope they will hone their artistic talent in the years to come.

Maddison’s poster was among more than 400,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 29th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

Lake Chelan Lions Club Peace Poster committee chair Juli Straub said, she was impressed by creativity of the students at both Chelan and Manson schools. “It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them. I’m so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions”, commented Straub.

Maddison’s poster has advanced to face stiff competition through the district, multiple district and international rounds of competition if she is to be declared the international grand prize winner. There will be 23 merit award winners selected as well as one grand prize winner. The grand prize includes a cash award of $5000 plus a trip for the winner and two family members to an award ceremony. The 23 merit award winners receive a $500 cash award. “Our club is cheering for Maddison as her poster advances in the competition, and we hope that her vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world,” Straub said.

Lions club international is the world’s largest service club organization with 1.36 million members in more than 46,000 clubs in 210 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 information, contact email lakechelanlions@gmail.com. To find out what’s new, please “Like us” on Facebook/Lake Chelan Lions.