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The contest is held to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

Lake Oswego Lions Club recently selected winners of its annual Lions International Peace Poster contest. Students in Lake Oswego Junior High art classes taught by Debora Owen created posters based on the theme Journey to Peace.

"I sincerely appreciate your help again this year in making this wonderful Peace Poster project a success," said Owen.

"It is so important to help young minds understand the journey of peace and how we can work together to make our world a better place. I look forward to working with the Lake Oswego Lions Club again next school year."COURTESY PHOTO:  - Pictured are Debora Owen, art teacher at Lake Oswego Junior High, with Bonnie Roeder, chair of the Lake Oswego Lions Club's annual International Peace Poster contest. The women hold the art of local winners Kaitlyn Chun and Jorie Liang.

Owen says the focus at the junior high level is to "inspire and empower students to safely grow into healthy adolescents, critical thinkers, deep learners, respectful citizens, experienced leaders and creative artists with necessary education and technical skills that will prepare them for success in high school, college and career."

Winners of the contest were Kaitlyn Chun, age 11, and Jorie Liang, 12.

The contest is held to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

Mahatma Gandhi's quote, "You must be the change you wish to see in the world," was the inspiration for Chun's poster, and Elie Weasel's quotation "Peace is our gift to the world," was what inspired the art for Liang's poster.

Judging was based on originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme.

"It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them," said Lions Club President Diane Mead. "I'm so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions."

Liang's and Chun's posters will advance through the district, multiple districts and international levels of competition.

More than 450,000 entries have been submitted worldwide in the competition. 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 inner and two family members to a special awards ceremony. The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.

"Our club is cheering for Kaitlyn and Jorie as their posters advance in the competition, and we hope that their vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world," said Bonnie Roder, Peace Poster chair.

Liang and Chun will be honored by the Lake Oswego Lions Club at its annual Christmas dinner to be held Dec. 18 at Oswego Heritage House.

View past international grand prize winners at

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