Eighth grader Samuel Garvens is going places, thanks to his artwork. After winning local, district, and state levels of competition in the Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest, the Lake Travis Middle School student will contend alongside global entries for the top prize.
Samuel’s poster was among more than 450,000 entries submitted worldwide in the annual contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the program to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.
The poster was selected by a panel of judges for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “Share Peace.”
Lake Travis Lions Club President Carol Ann Weed said she was impressed by the expression and creativity of the participating students from Hudson Bend and Lake Travis middle 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 vision,” Ms. Weed said.
One international 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 a special award ceremony at the United Nations. The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.
Locally, Samuel and 42 other students will be honored for their participation by the Lake Travis Lions Club at an award ceremony. Other award honorees from LTISD include the following students:
Braxton Barley, HBMS
Lily Alsup, HBMS
Mary Juliana Sandoval, HBMS
Madella Ngo, HBMS
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.36 million members in more than 46,000 clubs in 210 countries and geographical areas around the world. In addition to its efforts toward conquering blindness, the organization has made a strong commitment to community service and helping youth throughout the world.