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Maycee Ward takes top honors in N-N Peace Poster contest

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NORFOLK - The membership of the Norfolk Lions Club recently concluded their local peace poster contest. The annual contest was held locally at Norwood-Norfolk Central School and was conducted in unison with the Lions Clubs International with 11-,12- and 13-year-old artists from around the world, creating their own representation of this year’s peace poster theme.

Again this year, Norfolk Lion Royal Sheldon chaired the committee and oversaw the Norfolk Lions activity. The club worked with NNCS seventh grade art teacher Jason Hubbard, who assisted the students providing guidance and direction as the students created their own representation of this year’s theme, “Our World, Our Future.” The contest offers the students the opportunity to display their thoughts concerning world peace.

On the Norfolk level, approximately 50 students began the process with 41 artists concluding their work in time for review by a local judging team in early November. Three posters were selected with the local first place poster being selected to move forward to higher levels of competition .

The local winners selected were: first place, Maycee Ward, 12, of Norfolk; second place, Anneke Chudzinski, 13, of Norwood; and third place, Shannyn St. Andrews, 12, of Norwood.

Ms. Ward’s poster was delivered to the Plattsburgh, where it was judged against other first place posters created by students sponsored by their local Lions in other locations across Northern New York. Ms. Ward’s poster was selected as the third place winner on the district level. This year is the third consecutive year that the Norfolk winning poster has also won at the district level.

The top three poster artists from NNCS were recognized at a recent Lions Club reception at the Norfolk Hepburn Library. Student artists and their families were invited to attend.

Prize money was presented to the top three artists. Ms. Ward earned $90 in prize money for her first place finish at Norfolk and third in the district, while the other two young ladies received lesser amounts. All 41 of the completed posters will be on display at the Norfolk Hepburn Library through Dec. 14. The posters will also be on display at the Norwood Public Library from Jan. 7 through Jan. 25.

The artist of the eventual first place poster on the international level will receive a $5,000 cash prize and tickets for his/her families trip to New York City, including a presentation at the United Nations in spring 2014 .

On behalf of the Norfolk Lions, President Royal Sheldon recognized the dedication and support of art teacher Jason Hubbard for his willingness to work with his students to enable them to compete in the International contest .

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