Hard work by 11 and 12-year-old art students at Central Lancaster High School paid off when Moss Hytch’s poster was judged the winner in the local heat of Lions Clubs International peace poster competition.
The heat, run by Lancaster and Morecambe Lions Club in partnership with the school, is part of an annual competition run by Lions Clubs throughout the world and this year took the theme ‘Our World, Our Future.’
Moss’s poster showed hands reaching across to hold a world sheltered by the wings of a dove of peace holding back missiles representing war.
He added the line “If everybody in the world lit a candle, the world would be a brighter place.” He wins a £20 gift voucher.
Close behind were Khaalisa Adam and Holly Elderton in second and third place respectively, each of whom collected £10 gift vouchers. In addition the school was presented with £50 to be spent within the art department plus each youngster taking part in the competition was given a ‘Thank You’ certificate from the Lions Club.
Moss’s entry now goes on to the Lions North West England district finals which in turn feed into national and international finals.
Central Lancaster High School art teacher Martin Nesbitt said: “We learnt a great deal about the competition when we took part with the same age group last year.
“The Peace Poster competition was used as an art project. The enthusiasm of our young students was good to see with some even asking to use part of their lunch time to complete their posters.
“The competition has given our Year 7 students a fantastic opportunity to show their talents in art and to link up with an organisation outside the school. Their creative approach has impressed the judges, making the decision to award prize winners a very difficult task. We look forward to seeing the theme for next year’s competition.”
After presenting the awards, Lancaster and Morecambe Lions Club president, Mike Kaliszczak said: “First and foremost I must congratulate everyone involved both at the school and our Lions team.
“Most of all we must congratulate the young people who put so much effort and skill into creating their posters that gave the judges such a tough job choosing the top three awards.”