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Maggie Davisson is winner of local Lions Club poster contest

December 25, 2018

The entry from the local winner of the Lions Club’s 31st annual International Peace Poster Contest is headed to the district competition.

Maggie Davisson, an eighth-grader at Kennedy Middle School, placed first. Jade Davis and Danielle Gélinas received honorable mention.

This year’s theme was “Kindness Matters.”

Victoria Christensen, who teaches art at Kennedy, had students in the Art Club participate in the project, and more than 100 students submitted entries, said Pat Friday with the Aiken Lions Club.

Friday and teachers at Kennedy chose 10 finalists, and Debra Sandberg, Lou Papouchado and Jim Bowers with the Aiken Artist Guild picked Davisson’s poster as the winner.

“It was very difficult for our judges,” Friday said.

Davisson’s entry will go to the district competition. District winners advance to the state, and state winners move on to the international competition.

For more than three decades, Lions Clubs around the world have sponsored the art contest in schools and youth groups, according to the Lions Club International’s website.

“Creating peace posters gives children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity,” according to the site.

The Lions Club has nearly 49,000 chapters around the world with 1.5 million members, Friday said.

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