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The Lake Oswego Lions Club hosted its annual peace poster contest that asks students to illustrate what peace looks like to them.

Every year, the Lake Oswego Lions Club hosts the International Peace Poster Contest for students aged 11 to 13. The contest is designed to encourage children to think creatively about world peace through art. This year, two art classes at Lake Oswego Junior High School were sponsored by the Lake Oswego branch.

For the 2020-21 academic year, the contest theme was "We Are All Connected." The national organization picked this theme to underscore how many communities face hardships and experience loneliness amid a global pandemic. Students were invited to demonstrate how people can stay connected.

"It encourages young people to think about peace and put their talents and ideas on paper," said Lions Club member Bonnie Roeder. "It's amazing what work these 11- to 13-year-old kids can do -- really amazing."

Among 26 other competitors, two eighth graders wound up on top. The winner, Collin Hanada, illustrated a poster that detailed the Greek mythology figure Atlas carrying a heart-shaped world. Hanada decorated the poster with images of the world, like the Seven Wonders.

"Peace is when people can co-exist and treat each other well despite their differing beliefs," Hanada said in a Lions Club statement.

Kanon Fuller's entry won second place. She illustrated connection through technology, capturing a Zoom meeting where people from around the world go to meet. She said to the Lions Club that although everyone is navigating hardships, we are all connected.

The Lions will recognize both Hanada and Fuller at the local level and each will receive a $50 prize. Hanada will also be recognized by the 36-O branch, which covers all of Oregon and Northern California's clubs. He will receive an additional $100 prize.

Hanada plans to use the prize money to buy more art supplies. During the poster-making process, classmate Cheng Qiao lent Hanada his art supplies. Qiao was a few weeks shy of the age limit and could not be considered in the contest.

"(This story) is a wonderful demonstration of peace and connection," said Roeder.


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