Joanna Vivaldo from The Community Resource Center, Nesrine Zigha from The French-American School, Jayla Larkins from Holy Name CCD, Maria Damiani from Isaac Young Middle School, Charlotte Geary from Rye Neck Middle School, and Erin Schade from Saints John & Paul School, have taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning their local competitions in the Lions International Peace Poster Contest.
The local winners were honored on November 7, 2019 at a special presentation at the Larchmont Village Center. The winning posters will be displayed at area libraries.
The Lions Peace Poster Contest is an annual worldwide competition for children 11-13, encouraging them to express their vision of world peace through art. This year’s theme is “Journey of Peace”. Last year, over 600,000 entries from all over the world competed, with the winning art entry from Taiwan.
A winning poster from each school was selected by a panel of judges, which included Mary McDonnell, Carey Mills Federspiel and Laura Saravia Bott, was based on originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “Journey of Peace.” The winning posters will advance through the district into the international competition, with the International winner announced at a United Nations event in the spring.
In addition to the winners, the following students received honorable mentions: Betzaida Lopez and Edison Miranda from The Community Resource Center, Julia Stiker and Charlie Pellerin from The French American School, Elizabeth Jordan and Will Cureton from Holy Name CCD, Eva Uribe and Kevin Montufar from Isaac Young Middle School, Lucia Monreal and Maya Wintermantel from Rye Neck Middle School, and Bhani Sahni and Jack Schweter from Saints John & Paul School.
The Larchmont Mamaroneck and New Rochelle Lions are proud to have worked with Leilani Yizar from the Community Resource Center, Victoria Rolett from the French-American School, Catherine Francese from Holy Name CCD, Claudia Cassone from Isaac Young Middle School, Trisha Appel from Rye Neck Middle School and Angela Howard from Saints John & Paul to bring this contest to the community and provide these students with the opportunity to share their visions.