By Norris Ledyard
December 17, 2013
Claire Lathers, a fifth grade student at St. Richard Catholic School has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by Swanton Lions Club.
Lathers’ poster will be included with more than 375,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 26th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.
The poster was selected by the Swanton Lions Club for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “Our World, Our Future.” The judging was held at Swanton Lions Club meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
Swanton Lions Club President Alan Schory said he was impressed by the creativity expressed by the students in Swanton. “It’s 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.
“Claire’s poster will advance to face stiff competition through the district, multiple district and international rounds of the competition if she is to be declared the international grand prize winner,” Schory said.
One 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 the awards ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations. The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.
“Our club is cheering for Claire as her poster advances in the competition, and we hope that her vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world,” Schory said.
Locally, Lathers’ was presented with a certificate from the Swanton Lions Club. The remaining Swanton entries was on display behind the Swanton Leos Club booth during “Christmas In Swanton” on Dec.7 at the high school.
International grand prize and merit award winners can be viewed at www.lionsclubs.org after Saturday, Feb. 1.
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs in 207 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 more information on the Swanton Lions Club, please check them out on Facebook.