Three Olentangy middle school students have won a local art competition sponsored by the Olentangy Noon Lions Club.
Seth Liyanapathirana, Emily Duval and Emily Rogers, all middle school students in the Olentangy Local Schools, were the local winners in the 28th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest.
Their posters are among more than 400,000 entries submitted worldwide in the contest sponsored by Lions Club International to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people.
“These three posters will advance to face stiff competition through the district, multiple district and international rounds of competition if one is chosen as the international grand prize winner,” says Bob Dotson, club treasurer. One grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash award of $5,000, plus a trip for the winner and two family members to an awards ceremony. The 23 merit winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.
“Our club is cheering for Liyanapathirana, Duval and Rogers as their posters advance in the competition, and we hope that their visions will ultimately be shared with others around the world,” says Travis Fordham, club president. The three winners were presented locally with certificates of achievement and Hobby Lobby gift cards to continue fostering their creativity. The winning posters plus other entries will be on display at the Orange branch of the Delaware County District Library through Nov. 16.
Olentangy Noon Lions meet the first and third Tuesdays of the month at noon at Powell United Methodist Church.
Information for this story was provided by the Olentangy Noon Lions.