Jaffray students Cassy Bohem and Parker Anselmo took first and second place in the Lions Club International Peace Poster contest.

Jaffray student advances in Lions poster contest

Cassy Boehm, a Grade 6 student at Jaffray School, has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist.

Cassy Boehm, a Grade 6 student at Jaffray School, has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Sand Creek Lions Club.

Boehm’s poster was among more than 600,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 29th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

“Peace is not the destination, peace is the way,” said Boehm.

The poster was selected for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “A Celebration of Peace.” The judging was held on June 15 at Jaffray.

“I drew this tree with a whole bunch of leaves and branches and they each had a different symbol on them,” continued Boehm

Sand Creek Lions Club Peace Poster Chairman Dean Haarstad said he was impressed by the expression and creativity of the students at Jaffray School.

“It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them. I’m so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions,” Haarstad said.

“Boehm’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.”

One grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash award of US $5,000, plus a trip for the winner and two family members to an award ceremony. The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of US $500.

“Our club is cheering for Cassy as her poster advances in the competition, and we hope that her vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world.” Haarstad said.

Locally, Boehm and 13 other students were honoured for their participation by the Sand Creek  Lions Club on June 22 at the Jaffray School.

View international grand prize and merit award winners at Lionsclubs.org

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with 1.4 million members in more than 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographic areas. In addition to its efforts toward conquering blindness, the organization has made a strong commitment to community service and helping youth throughout the world.