|Dalia Alamilla displays prize winning
Dalia Alamilla, a
Standard VI student at San Pedro Roman Catholic School, has taken the first step
to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition
sponsored by the San Pedro Lions Club.
poster is among more than 325,000 entries submitted worldwide in the thirteenth
annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest.
colorfully entwined hearts depict the harmony and unity of all the people in the
world to provide peace," the twelve year-old said. Out of all the posters
created by St. Peter's Elementary, Island Academy, San Pedro R. C. School, LIFE
and Isla Bonita Elementary students, Dalia's entry best portrayed the contest's
theme, "United In
Peace." The second place award went to Andrew Alamilla Borham of Island Academy
and third place to Katrina Bradley of San Pedro Roman Catholic
San Pedro Lions Club President Flora Ancona said
she was impressed by the amount of effort exhibited by the students. "It's
obvious that these young people have strong ideas of what peace means to them.
I'm so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share
their visions with all of us."
The three posters now
advance to round-two district competition in Belize City where they will compete
against entries from Belmopan, San Estevan, Stann Creek and Belize City.
President Ancona said, "The posters will face stiff
competition during the district round and the three additional rounds of
international competition before one is declared the international grand
Lions Clubs International is
sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young
Ultimately, one grand prize winner will
be selected from 24 international finalists. The grand prize includes a cash
award of $5000, plus an all-expense-paid trip for the winner and two family
members to Indianapolis, Indiana, USA for the awards ceremony at the Lions Clubs
International Convention in July 2001. As merit award winners, the remaining 23
finalists will each receive certificates and a cash award of
"We are cheering for the three entries as these
posters advance in the competition, and we hope that their vision will
ultimately be shared with others around the world," added President Ancona.
Dalia received a cash award of $150 plus an achievement
award; Andrew received $100 and Katrina, $50. In addition, the judges decided to
make special mention of Lucilo Guerrero of St. Peter's Elementary who was
present throughout the competition explaining his poster to those attending. He
was awarded the Lion's honorable mention and received $30. Judging the
competition were Marcos Larios of Ambergris Arts, Manuel Ancona Jr. of Tropical
Take-Out, Lion Eileen Jamison of the San Pedro Sun and Past District Governor Lion Baldemar Graniel.
Peace Poster Chairman, Lion Felix Ayuso wishes to extend
a sincere thank you to all the students who participated and their teachers and
principal for embracing this contest. Special thanks to San Pedro Roman Catholic
School for entering the most posters.