Kaitlyn Bentley, an eighth-grade student at Pleasant Valley Middle School in Brodheadsville, won the local level in the Lions International Peace Poster competition as sponsored by the Western Pocono Lions Club at PVMS.

This is the first time the club has been able to support the contest, which Lions International sponsors to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

Bentley's poster is among the more than 375,000 posters submitted in the 25th annual contest.

"Peace should be a way of living as well as a state of mind," says the Effort teen.

That message was in her use of the rainbow, the faces on the poster, including Nehru, and other poster components.

The poster was selected as best for portraying the theme "Imagine Peace" by the judging team, comprised of three members of the Western Pocono Lions Club.

Lions Club President Charles Rush was among the judges, as were Barbara Konawalik and Jon Evans. Rush was impressed by the variety of the visual messages the young artists created to define their idea of the theme.

Bentley's poster will advance to the Lions District 14U competition. Winner of that competition will then advance to the next level, the multidistrict competition, followed by the international competition.

One grand prize winner and 23 merit winners will be chosen on the international level, with prizes awarded accordingly.

For more information, contact Adele R. Argot, Peace Poster Committee, Lions District 14U, at (717) 933-4028, or at argot@verizon.net [1], or Western Pocono Lions Club President Charles Rush at (610) 381-3759 or at jcrus@ptd.net [2].