February 5, 2001
O'Sullivan's peace poster wins
The Lions Club sponsors an International Peace Poster Contest for students ages 11-13 from all over the world. This year Kelsey O'Sullivan, a sixth grader, was winner of the local contest sponsored by the Bothell Lions Club at Cedar Park Christian School. Her entry also won first in the second level judging among 27 entries from an area of Washington between Des Moines and Stanwood.
In the third of four levels, her poster will be judged with entries from Washington, Northern Idaho and British Columbia.
Out of all the local posters judged to date, O'Sullivan's entry best portrayed the contest's theme for 2000-2001, United in Peace.
"The children represent different cultures, the animals are opposites with the dove representing peace. They are all entwined within the ribbon around the world they live in, which is supported by God's hands. Through His grace (white of the rainbow) and His promise of peace (the rainbow) we can be united in peace," the 11-year-old from Woodinville said.
O'Sullivan's poster is among more than 325,000 entries submitted worldwide. Ultimately, one grand-prize winner will be selected from 24 international finalists.
The grand prize includes a cash award of $2,500 plus an all-expense-paid trip for the winner and two family members to Indianapolis, Ind., for the awards ceremony at the Lion Club International Convention in July. As merit award winners, the remaining finalists will receive certificates and a cash award of $500.
"We're cheering for O'Sullivan as her poster advances in the competition and we hope that her vision will ultimately be shared with other around the world", Bothell Lions Club President, "Whitey" Gann said.
Locally O'Sullivan and 15 other students were honored for their initiative, effort and artistic skills by Bothell Lions Club on January 12 at Cedar Park Christian School. Gann said he was impressed by the amount of effort exhibited by all the students. "It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas of what peace means to them. I'm so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their vision with all of us."