WINNING ARTWORK — This is the winning artwork from Hayden Dupont, age 12, of Rome. (Photo submitted)

Students win poster contest

Published Nov 11, 2017 at 4:00pm

Three area students have taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artists by winning a competition sponsored by the Rome Lions Club.

Jerry Almas (Strough), Hayden Dupont (Strough) and Anvita Corron (NYSSD) were honored for their participation by the Rome Lions Club. The club has awarded three $50 cash awards to the top three posters selected from the Rome area schools. Age qualified students from Strough and the New York State School for the Deaf were invited to participate.

Their posters are among more than 450,000 entries submitted worldwide in the annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the program to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

The posters were selected for their originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “The Future of Peace.” 

Rome Lions Club Vice President Anthony Ciotti Jr. said he was impressed by the expression and creativity of the students participating. “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.”

“These posters will advance through the district, multiple district and international levels of competition if they are to be declared the international grand prize winner,” Ciotti said.

“Our club is cheering for our local winners as their posters advance in the competition, and we hope that their vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world,” Ciotti added.

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.