Pictured (L-R) are Gail Barnfather, Leota Jr. High art teacher, contest winner Christina Sakura with her poster, and Lowell Power, Woodinville Lions Club President.
Leota Junior High School 7th grader Christina Sakura has won the first prize of $25 in the Woodinville Lions Club Peace Poster Contest.
Bryon Bailey was awarded Second Prize ($15), and Third Prize ($10) went to Hank Connor.
Sakura's poster is now among thousands of entries submitted worldwide in the eighth annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest.
"I had fun doing this poster," said Sakura, a 12-year-old from Woodinville. "I really like to draw and have been drawing since second grade."
Of the posters created by Leota Junior High School students, Sakura's entry was judged as best portraying the contest theme, "Peace Will Set Us Free."
Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to underscore the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.
Woodinville Lions Club President Lowell Power said he was pleased with all the work the Leota Junior High School students put into the project.
"From looking at all the entries, it was obvioius all the students have strong feelings about peace," Power said. "We extend our congratulations to all the students who participated. They submitted first-class posters and exhibited great talent and creativity."
Sakura's poster now advances to round-two district competition, where her entry will compete against those from many other schools in the area.
"Sakura's poster will face stiff competition through the district round and in three more rounds of international competition if she is to be declared the international grand prize winner," Power said.
Ultimately, one grand prize winner will be selected from 24 international finalists. The grand prize includes a cash award of $1,500, plus an all-expense-paid trip for the winner and two family members to New York City for the awards ceremony at the United Nations in March, 1996.
As merit award winners, the remaining 23 finalists each will receive certificates and a cash award of $250.
"We know Christina has a long way to go, but we're all cheering for her," Power said.