SKOWHEGAN — The Skowhegan Lions Club recently sponsored a local Peace Poster Contest in support of the 25th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest.

The top-three winners and their families joined the Skowhegan Lions Club at the Heritage House for a celebration dinner in February. Each winner was presented with a certificate of achievement and a cash award. The first-place winner was Ravin Davis of Madison Area Junior High School who was awarded $100. The second-place winner was Noah Daignault from Skowhegan Area Middle School who received $75. The third-place winner was Rachyl Nelson from Skowhegan Area Middle School who was awarded $50.

Davis’ poster was submitted to the district or next higher level, which encompasses all 83 Lions Clubs in the state. Her poster also won first place in the Ddistrict competition. She was awarded a certificate of achievement and a $200 cash award. Davis’ poster was submitted to the Lions International contest, where one grand-prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected.

Three local art teachers, Lee Harper from Madison Junior High School, Frank Chin from Skowhegan Area Middle School and Katie Kiger from Canaan Elementary School, committed their time, resources and encouragement to support students who participated in the contest. Eighty artists ages 11-13 from these local schools created posters.

All 80 posters were displayed at the Skowhegan Free Public Library in November, 2011. Judging was conducted by Kathleen Perelka, a local artist; Kathy Smith, a Margaret Chase Smith School art teacher; and Jim Small, a Madison Area High School art teacher. The posters were judged for their originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “Children Know Peace.”

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