Students display posters of peace

Published Dec 2, 2018 at 9:00am

Several students at area Rome schools have taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Rome Lions Club.

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

The winning posters were selected for their originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “Kindness Matters,” said Anthony Ciotti, Rome Lions Club vice president.

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.

“Our club is cheering for our local winners. They have all shown that they truly understand what peace and kindness means,” Ciotti said.

Locally, Jayden Dibble, of the New York State School for the Deaf; Mimi Preski, from Rome Catholic School; and Trinity Baker, from the Rome City School District’s Denti Elementary School were honored for their participation by the Rome Lions Club. The three were awarded $50 cash awards and represented hundreds of age-qualified students from Rome Catholic School, Rome City School District and the New York State School for the Deaf.

This year the Lions Club of Rome also awarded the participating schools with a $100 donation to purchase art supplies for their students, Ciotti added.

People can view past international grand prize winners at

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.35 million members in 208 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. 

For information on the Rome Lions Club, people may visit their page on Facebook.