Justin Guerrero wins SP Lions Peace Poster Contest

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 16, No. 44            November 9, 2006

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11-year-old Justin Guerrero’s poster depicts “peace” in the world.

Of all the entries to represent San Pedro in the 2006-2007 Lions Peace Poster Contest, only one student walked away as victor for the best peace poster. 11 year old Justin Guerrerro, student of Standard four attending the Roman Catholic School was chosen for having the best poster depicting “peace” in the world. His poster won the votes of judges and was awarded the opportunity to compete in the Lions international Peace Poster Contest. Children ages 11 to 13 had a chance to reflect on the importance of peace in their lives and share their visions with the world. With his poster teeming with creativity, originality and artistic merit, Justin states he got a little guidance from his father. His inspiration? Well, Justin states, “I was watching a program on television that was based on world wars. The horrible images of violence to people scares me and all that I want was world peace.” Guerrero received a certificate and a hundred and fifty dollars as first prize winner, runner up was James McQuarrie of Island Academy ($100) and third prize was given to Ahmed Harmouche of St. Peters ($75).

    For more than a decade, Lions Clubs International has been committed to promoting peace in our world through the Lions International Peace Poster Contest. This year, thousands of young people around the globe will be challenged to express their feelings about world peace and depict their versions of how to Celebrate Peace. Justin’s poster will compete with other winners from Belize City, San Estevan, and Belmopan. The winning poster will then advance to international level. Ultimately, after advancing through four levels of competition, one poster will be selected as the international grand prize winner. The grand prize winner will receive a trip to the Awards Ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations in New York, New York (subject to change) USA accompanied by two family members and the sponsoring Lions Club president. At the awards ceremony, he or she will be presented with a cash award of US$2,500 and an engraved commemorative plaque. All this will take place in February or March, 2007.

    Kudos to Justin and the rest of the winners for a splendid job done! Good luck on the district competition!

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