Local Peace Poster Wins Best in District

Posted on December 6, 2017

Miss Kaitlin Yang, a 7th grade student at Rock Run Middle School, has taken a big step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a regional competition.

Yang’s poster is among more than 450,000 entries submitted worldwide in the annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International sponsors the program to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

“We must pray for those who are not breathing air of peace” the 13-year-old from Chantilly, VA, said. The poster was selected for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “The Future of Peace.”

Winning Peace Poster “The Future of Peace,” by Kaitlin Yang, 7th Grade, Rocky Run Middle School

Fairfax Lions Club President Marty Lockard said he was impressed by the expression and creativity of the students at Rocky Run Middle School. “It is obvious 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.”

“Yang’s poster will advance through state competition to compete for a grand prize,” Lockard said.  One international grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash award of $5,000, plus a trip for the winner and two family members to a special award ceremony. The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.

Kaitlin Yang, parents, art teacher Linda Ledbetter, and Lion Jeff Root contest chair

Left to right:  Ms Linda Ledbetter (art teacher), proud mom Ms Yang, Kaitlin Yang (holding winning poster), proud dad Mr Yang, Lion Jeff Root – Fairfax Lions Club Art Chairperson

“Our club is cheering for Kaitlin as her poster advances in the competition, and we hope her vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world,” Lockard said.

View past international grand prize winners at http://www.lionsclubs.org and learn more about the Fairfax Lions club at https://fairfaxlions.org.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.35 million members in 210 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.

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