Grace Harbridge, of Iola, won the District Lions Peace Poster Contest.
Her entry, sponsored by the Iola Lions Club, was selected based on originality, artistic merit and portrayal of this year’s theme “Peace, Love and Understanding.”
The daughter of Mike and Jeannine Harbridge is a seventh grader at Iola-Scandinavia Middle School.
Iola Lions President Mark Sether made the announcement to Grace during school. He was joined by her parents and fellow Lions members.
“When everyone walked in, I was confused and wondered why they were there,” she said. “What a surprise.”
“I am honored to receive this award, and would like to thank the Lions for their support,” she said.
Harbridge is the first District Peace Poster winner for the Iola Lions Club. Past district winners have been submitted by the Iola Lioness Club.
“The amount of participation and the excellent artistry of our students is amazing,” Sether said. “It is hard enough to choose a local winner.”
The Iola Lions and Lioness clubs choose from over 64 entries when deciding which ones to submit for the District 27-B2 contest.
“There were many great posters to examine,” said Mark Forsythe, who chose Harbridge’s poster to represent the Iola Lions Club.
“We appreciate the cooperation and support of the I-S School District and staff,” Sether said. “Their teaching is evident in the quality of the student artwork.”
Harbridge’s poster will now advance to multiple-district and possible international competition. One international grand prize and 23 merit award winners will be selected.
The grand prize includes $5,000 cash and a trip to the award ceremony. Each merit award winner receives $500 cash.
“To see this poster get recognized at the district level makes us proud,” Sether said. “The Iola Lions Club wishes her luck at the state level.”
Lions International sponsors the annual Peace Poster Contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.
For more information, visit www.lionsclubs.org.