SPRING CREEK — Cy Lemich Gill, a sixth-grade student at Spring Creek Middle School, has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Spring Creek Ruby Mountain Lions Club.
Gill’s poster was among more than 600,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 30th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.
“Everyone has peace inside them but not many know how to use it,” the 11 year-old from Spring Creek said. The poster was selected by members of the Spring Creek Ruby Mountain Lions for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “The Future of Peace.”
Spring Creek Lion and Peace Poster chair Karen Taufer said she was impressed by the expression and creativity of the students at Spring Creek Middle School.
“It’s obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them,” she said. “I’m so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions.”
Gill’s poster will advance to face stiff competition, through the district and international rounds of competition, if he is to be declared the international grade prize winner. One 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 an award ceremony. The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.
“Our club is cheering for Cy as his poster advances in the competition and we hope that his vision will ultimately be shared by others around the world.” Taufer said.
Locally, runner-up Suzeth Lara was given a certificate of appreciation, and winner Gill won a $50 cash award from the Spring Creek Lions Club.
Those interested in seeing last year’s winner and merit award winners can go to www.lionsclubs.org and search Peace Poster Contest.