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Ed White student advances in Lions Peace Poster Contest

Aljon Wayne Baluyut, a seventh grade student at Ed White Middle School, has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Windcrest Lions Club.  Baluyut's poster was among more than 375,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 25th Annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Club International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.  

"I imagined world peace as sitting in a prized trophy cup," Baluyut said. 

The Windcrest Lions' contest judges selected Baluyut's first place poster for its originality, artistic merit, and portrayal of the contest theme, "Imagine Peace."  The judging was held earlier in November at Ed White Middle School. The other Ed White Contest Winners were eighth grader Lexee Garcia, 2nd place; and eighth grader Maria Hernandez, 3rd place.  The Windcrest Lions Club presented $100, $75, and $50 Achievement Award checks to the top three winners and Certificates of Participation to all of the 14 contestants at a Special Award Ceremony at Ed White Middle School on November 27, 2012.

"It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them.  I'm so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions," said Windcrest Lions Club President Rick Jacques. "Baluyut's poster has advanced to face stiff competition through the South TX District 2-A2, Multiple District 2, and International rounds of competition if he is to be declared the International Grand Prize winner."

One international grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected.  The grand prize includes a cash award of $5,000.00 plus a trip for the winner and two family members to the awards ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations.  The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a $500.00 cash award.  In 2003, one of the 23 international merit award winners was from Ed White Middle School.  

"Our Lions Club is cheering for Aljon as his poster advances in the competition, and we hope that his vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world," said Jacques.

Article courtesy of the Windcrest Lions Club

Posted on December 14, 2012