Norris Lions Announce 2012 Peace Poster Winners

On January 13, 2013, in Club Items, by 12-N Lions

Norris Middle School student Mollie Wheeler takes First Place in the competition.

L to R: Wingo, Wheeler, Art Teacher Jenni Braeuner, Reed, Johnson, Mynatt

By early November, sixty 11, 12 and 13 year-olds from Norris Middle School, all students of art teacher Jenni Braeuner, had rendered their image of peace in the world to paper.  Portrayed in vivid colors and tranquil pastels, limited only by Lions Club International specifications, their works captured the theme “Imagine Peace” in illustrations of sun, doves, rainbows, peace signs, flags and yes, even soldiers in a mutual surrender.  Fourteen area judges, members of the local art community who agreed to remain anonymous, met at the Norris Community Center at 7 p.m. on November 9th to examine the sixty submissions and select first, second and third place winners. 

The “Evening of Peace” so titled by Norris Lions Peace Poster Chairperson, Murrie Graser, was opened with words from the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States recited by Reverend James Mohrman.

He pointed out that the “tranquility” ensured by those words was a synonym for peace.  “Lions Clubs extend beyond our shores to 100 other nations,”  Mohrman explained to the judges. “The annual winner of the International Peace Poster contest is awarded $5,000 along with a trip to the United Nations,”  He then cited the provisions of the preamble to the Charter of the United Nations, among them, “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war…which has brought untold sorrow to mankind.”  He continued, “Youth from Lebanon, South Korea, South Africa, Hong Kong, and the United States have been some of the winners. 

Their vision and careers have been broadened through this effort.  Let us rejoice for the imagination of these 60 participants and those beyond.”

The judges, as well as others who had come to witness the event, then took turns reading aloud from artists’ statements until all posters were shown and their respective statements read.  For more than an hour, the fourteen deliberated as they studied each work, walking slowly around the display.  Finally, they cast their votes and in the end were unable to narrow the winners down to three.

Norris Lions Club Peace Poster 1st Place Winner by Mollie Wheeler

There was consensus, however, that Mollie Wheeler’s poster would receive first place.  “The vivid colors show peace pushing back the darkness,” explained Mollie in her artist’s statement.  Indeed, bands of color dominated her canvas against a left border swirling in black. 

Hannah Reed, whose great sun beamed upon three individuals, also offered the association of peace with light.  Her rendering of peace took second place. But when the judges were stalled at a single third place winner, they agreed four artists would have to tie for the award:  Brooklyn Wingo, Sadie Johnson, Emily Mynatt and Ian Barry.

Submitted by Susan Daniel, Norris Lions Club

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