Kendrick Dixon, a 6th grade student at the Jonesboro Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School, has won the 2017-2018 District 7-0 Lions International Peace Poster contest. (The district comprises an area representing around ¼ of Arkansas.) Kendrick had initially won the local contest at his school, before his poster was forwarded to the next level in the annual international art competition sponsored by the Jonesboro University Heights Lions Club. The poster entries at the JVPAMS, all prepared by students of Art Instructor Amanda Carrington, were among the over 600,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 30th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest for artists between the ages of 11 and 13 – this year’s theme was "The Future of Peace.” Lions Clubs International conducts the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere, and to introduce them to the work of Lions. Jonesboro University Heights Lions Club President Tom Woods congratulated Kendrick, and indicated that his club was sponsoring the annual contest in Jonesboro for the 17th year in a row in an effort to help promote the global Lions' mission of promoting peace and also to encourage young local artists.
As the District winner, Kendrick’s winning poster has advanced to the state-wide competition, and if successful there will face another round of competition at the international level, with the winner of this round being declared the International Grand Prize winner. The grand prize winner will be selected from 24 international finalists, and will receive a cash award of $5000, plus an all-expenses-paid trip for the winner and two family members to a special awards ceremony next year. As Merit Award winners, the remaining 23 finalists will each receive certificates and a cash award of $500, with all of the finalists' posters being displayed on the Lions International web site – http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/how-we-serve/youth/peace-poster-contest/index.php. Posters of local contest winners for the past ten years can be viewed at the JUH Lions website http://www.universityheightslionsclub.com/youth.htm.
Photo Caption: Winner Kendrick Dixon with his 1st Prize Certificate [photo by Bill Levins]