Reece McQueen, a 5th grade student at Ketchum Middle School once again has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the South Grand Lake Lions Club of Langley.   McQueen’s poster was among more than 375,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 21st annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest.  Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

 McQueen, a 12 year old Langley resident says “I would sail around the world promoting peace to all nations. 

The children could carry this idea to each of their countries.  The mountains represent the world.  The rainbow represents all of our colors.”  The winning poster was selected by Autumn Sinor, a Lake Eufaula artist, for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “Peace Begins With Me.”  The judging was held on Monday, November 10, 2008 at the Ketchum Middle School Library.  McQueen also received a $50 Savings Bond from the South Grand Lions Club of Langley for winning this competition.

 South Grand Lake Lions Club President, Virginia Gibson said she was impressed by the expression and creativity of the students at Ketchum Public School.  “It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them.  I’m so proud that we are able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions.”

 “McQueen’s poster will now advance to face stiff competition through the district, multiple district and international rounds of competition if he is to be declared the international grand prize winner,” Gibson said.  One grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected.

The grand prize includes a cash award of $2500, plus a trip for the winner and two family members to New York City, New York, USA 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.  “South Grand Lions are cheering for McQueen as his poster advances in the competition, and we hope that his vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world,” Gibson said. 

 The 36 entries will be displayed for public viewing at the December 2nd Lions Club meeting at the Community Center in Disney at 6 pm.  Thanks to all the students who participated this year.  International Grand Prize and Merit award winners can be viewed at www.lionsclubs.org.