Rader wins Lions Club poster contest
Alexandra Rader, a seventh grade student at Baldwin Junior High School and daughter of Gregory and Chelsey Rader, has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning the local competition sponsored by the Baldwin City Lions Club.
Rader’s poster was among the more than 375,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 21st annual Lions International Peace Poster contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.
The winning poster was selected by the membership of the Baldwin Lions Club at its recent meeting for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “Peace Begins With Me.” More than 48 entries were created by the seventh and eighth grade art classes of Marsene Feldt.
“I wanted to show that people all over the world are different, but inside everyone wants peace.” said Rader of her poster’s design.
Larry Janssen, Lions Club President, said he was impressed by the expression and creativity of the students at BJHS.
“It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them,” said Janssen. “I’m so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions.
“Rader’s poster will advance to face stiff competition through the district, multiple district, and international rounds of competition if Alexandra is to be declared the international grand prize winner,” Janssen said.
One grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash award of $2,500 plus 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 award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.
“Our club is cheering for Alexandra as her poster advances in the competition and we hope that her vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world.” said Sheryl Cleverley, local Lions Club peace poster chairperson.
Kelsey Dighans, Haley Merritt, Laney Rochester, Katie Schwalm, and Leyena Watson will receive awards for their posters along with Alexandra Rader at the BJHS vocal music concert held on Friday.