A Pleasant Valley Middle School student won the Western Pocono Lions Club's Peace Poster contest.
Seventh grader Adriana LeBar "wowed" the club's judges with her vibrant colorful rendering of what peace means to her.
She explains that the tree in her poster represents life and that we could not exist without them. The outline of two faces represent family and friends, who without, the world would just not be the same. The two hands encompassing the earth in a background of orange/yellow is the earth shining from the people of a peaceful world.
The poster was selected as the best for portraying the Lions' theme "Our World, Our Future" by the board of directors.
LeBar, who loves to draw, says she is very excited about winning.
"My stomach felt weird when I heard I won," she said with a smile.
She is the daughter of Tiffany and Jason LeBar of Effort.
LeBar is hoping her Peace Poster will continue to win as it advances to the next stage at the district level. It was one of 375,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 26th Annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize peace to young people everywhere. LeBar's entry will advance to the District level and the winner of that contest will advance to the state level and then on to the International level.
LeBar received her First Place Achievement Award at a special ceremony held at PVMS where all the other participants also received recognition and a certificate for their artistic endeavors from Charles Rush, Western Pocono Lions Club president; Robert Argot, PDG and his wife, Adele, a Lions/Lioness member, who helped with the judging.
"You all did an awesome job on your entries. We appreciate your participation. The posters were fabulous and it was not an easy job judging," said Rush.
PVMS principal Rocco Seiler told the Lions that the district appreciates all the club does for the schools and for the community.
PDG Argot advised the participants that they should pass the word on about the contest for next year and one of the things judges look for are colorful entries.
Adele Argot told the students that peace is something that is up to each of us to promote throughout the world.
"Put your best foot forward always. It is a matter of pride for the school district," she said, a PV alumni and former teacher.
Josephine Fields, PVMS assistant principal, told the students they were grateful for their participation. She said the posters were bright and colorful and showed their interpretation of peace and "how we can all live together harmoniously."