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Anchorage Student Named Merit Award Winner in Lions International Peace Poster Contest


(Anchorage, Alaska, USA) – Molly Rardin, a 7th grade student at Steller Secondary School has been named a merit award winner in the 25th annual Lions Clubs International Peace Poster Contest.  Molly was one of 23 merit award winners announced on Friday at the “Lions Day at the United Nations” event in New York City.  Other merit award winners include students from Brazil, China, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Nigeria, South Africa, and the United States.  Each merit award winner will receive a cash award of $500 and a certificate of merit.

The grand prize winner of the contest was Jenny Park, an 8th grade student from Northridge, California.

Lions Clubs International is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Peace Poster contest, which was created to showcase the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.  Rardin was among more than 400,000 students worldwide, ages 11-13, who submitted posters this year.  Entries were judged for originality, artistic merit and portrayal of this year’s contest theme, “Imagine Peace”.

Rardin’s poster advanced through regional competitions, and was judged in the international competition held last week in Chicago, IL.  Rardin was sponsored by the Mt. McKinley Lions Club.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in 207 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world. 

For additional information about the Lions International Peace Poster Contest and media resources, visit www.lionsclubs.org/mediaresources

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