Jessica Yaholkovsky (center) poses with her winning poster.
Leota Junior High School 7th grader Jessica Yaholkovsky has won the first prize of $25 in the Woodinville Lions Club Peace Poster Contest. Greg Osborn was awarded Second Prize ($15) and Third Prize ($10) went to Linden Griffith.
Yaholkovsky's poster is among thousands of entries submitted worldwide in the ninth annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest.
Through the courtesy of Doug Thede, Jessica's poster has been framed and will be on display at Images Art & Frames in Woodinville Plaza until Jan. 20, 1997.
"When I made my poster, I kept thinking about the theme the whole time," the 12-year-old from Woodinville said.
"I wanted to get across the different parts of the world uniting through the people," she continued. "I got the border from the clothing patterns on their clothes. I needed some ideas, so I looked in a book of African art. Art is one of my hobbies at home. I enjoy working with clay."
Woodinville Lions Club President Lowell Power said he was pleased with all the work Leota Junior High School students put into the project. "From looking at all the entries, it was obvious all the students have strong feelings about peace," Power said.
Of the 120 posters created by Leota Junior High School students, Yaholkovsky's entry was judged as the best portraying the contest theme, "Building a Peaceful World." Her entry was also judged first in second round judging among schools from Des Moines, Lake City, Mill Creek, Mukilteo and Marysville.
Jessica's poster now advances to round three of the competition, against entries from Washington, Northern Idaho and British Columbia. The winner there will advance to worldwide judging.
"Yaholkovsky's poster will face stiff competition through two more rounds of international competition if she is to be declared the grand prize winner," Power said. "We know Jessica has a long way to go, but we're all cheering for her, and we know she has put as much thought and talent into this contest as any of the entries submitted," Power added.
Lions Club International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.
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 to the awards ceremony at the United Nations in March 1997.