Dighans advances in poster contest
Audrey Dighans, an eighth grade student at Baldwin Junior High School, has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Baldwin City Lions Club.
Dighans' poster was among more than 350,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 20th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Club International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.
"I picked a sunset as the background for my poster because it is the most peaceful time of day and used colorful flags from large and small countries." Dighans said.
The poster was selected by a panel of judges for its originality, artistic merit, and portrayal of the contest theme, "Peace Around the World." The judging was held on Oct. 29 at Baldwin Junior High School.
Baldwin City Lions Club Peace Poster Chairperson Sheryl Cleverley said she was impressed by the expression and creativity of all the entries submitted at the Junior High School.
"Our club appreciates the guidance and cooperation we received from Baldwin Junior High principal Connie Wright and art teacher Marsene Feldt," Cleverley said. "It is obvious that the young people who participated in the local contest have strong ideas about what peace means to them. I was excited to have over 80 entries in the contest this year.
"Miss Dighans' poster will advance to face competition through the district, state and international rounds if she is to be declared the international grand prize winner," Cleverley said.
One grand-prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash award of $2,500 along with a trip for the winner and two family members to New York City for the awards ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations. The 23 merit winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.
"Our club is cheering for Audrey as her poster advances in the competition, and we hope that her vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world," said Dennis Waymire, Baldwin City Lions Club president.
Locally, Dighans' poster and the 11 other peace poster finalists in the contest were awarded prizes and certificates at the BJHS concert held on Monday. The finalists' posters will be on display at the Baldwin City Lions Club meeting the week after Thanksgiving. Grade level winners will also be honored for their participation by the Baldwin City Lions Club at a later date.
Other BJHS students participating in the poster contest are Robert Rose, Dayton Valentine, Tucker Brown, Alexander Rader, Dani Houser, Nick Hagen, Cate Gwin, Tanyan Henley, Brooke Morgan, Ellie Parr and Sam Huntington.
To view past international grand prize winners log into www.lionsclub.org.