Every year, Lions clubs around the globe sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. And every year, students at Glen Rose Junior High submit entries into the contest, which has seen the works of more than 4 million child entrants from almost 100 countries in about 25 years.
The theme for the 2013-14 Peace Poster Contest is "Our World, Our Future," and students who were 11-13 year old on Nov. 15 were eligible to participate.
Barry Payne, Glen Rose Junior High School art teacher said more than 100 entries were collected across the campus for the contest and local organizers selected almost two dozen prior to choosing one to represent Glen Rose Lions Club.
This year, Stephania Gomez won the local contest and $100 award, which she received in December. After being judged on the district level, Gomez's vision of peace could work its way up to the international contest and become one of only 24 selected to represent an estimated 400,000 contestants from around the world. The 24 winning entries are shared worldwide on the internet and through media outlets and exhibits in an effort to spread peace and international understanding.
One grand prize winner will receive $5,000 and a trip to an award ceremony with the United Nations and the 23 merit winners will receive $500.
International winners will be notified on before February 1.