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November 12, 2014

Kasson-Mantorville student advances in Lions International Peace Poster Contest

The local competition of the annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest concluded on November 6th with an awards ceremony and ice cream party sponsored by the Kasson-Mantorville Lions Club.

All posters submitted by the sixth graders had to depict the theme "Peace, Love and Understanding," along with a written statement describing the poster.

Winners of this year's local contest were Lydia Gillis, Rachel Tuma and Olivia Smith. Cash prizes and certificates were awarded to all three contestants. Lydia Gillis' first place poster will advance to the next level of competition which involves participating Lions Clubs in the Goodhue, Wabasha, Dodge, Olmsted, Winona, Mower, Filmore and Houston counties. Awards at this level will be presented at a ceremony to be held in Rochester on December 7th.

Posters were selected for their originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme. Lions Club International sponsors the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

On behalf of the Kasson-Mantorville Lions and participating students, thanks go to art instructor Marie Torkelson for her guidance in this project, and Lion Larry Berghuis, Peace Poster chairman.

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Pictured from left to right front row are: Olivia Smith (third place), Lydia Gillis (first place) and Rachel Tuma (second place); back row: Lion Larry Berghuis (Peace Poster chairman), Marie Torkelson (art instructor), Lion Fred Asche (director), Lion Wayne Hendrickson (second vice president). Submitted photo.