Hailey's poster was among more than 375,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 25th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Club International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of peace to young people everywhere.
Hailey, 11, said, "I used bright and happy colors because peace is happy. I drew the dove which is a symbol of peace. There is a smile in the middle of the large peace symbol."
The poster was selected by Windsor Lions First Vice President Jola Shoff, Secretary Bernell Shoff, Trustee Joseph Whiteley from 109 possible entrants Nov. 6 at LJM Elementary School.
Windsor Lions Club president Donald Dietz said he was impressed by the expression and creativity of the sixth-grade art students at LJM.
"It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them. I am so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions," Dietz said. "Kehoe's poster will advance to face stiff competition through the district, multiple district and international rounds of competition if she is to be declared the international grand-prize winner," Dietz said.
One 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 the awards ceremony at the United Nations. The 23 merit winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.
"Our club is cheering for Hailey and her poster as she advances in the competition, and we hope that her vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world," Dietz said.
The Windsor Lions Club will honor Hailey, LJM school Principal Mrs. Rineholt and art teacher Mrs. Cashcart at a dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. Dec.4.
View international grand prize and merit award winners online at www.lionsclubs.org.