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Taylor Parker wins Lions Club competition

Teacher, Meade County Gifted and Talented Services
Submitted Article

“Celebrate Peace” is the theme of the 2006-2007 Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest. The Muldraugh Lions Club has sponsored this program for the past two years. Through the contest, students are encouraged to visually depict their interpretation of the contest’s theme.

Taylor Parker, a 7th-grade student at Stuart Pepper Middle School, (has won first place for the second year). Taylor’s poster was among more than 350,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 20th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. The Lions Club International sponsors the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to youth throughout the world.

When asked for her statement about peace, the 12-year-old from Brandenburg said, “The world is crying for peace, so let’s give love to one another!” Taylor’s poster was selected for its originality and its artistic representation of the contest theme.

Muldraugh Lions Club president Charlie Briggs said members of the club who acted as judges were impressed by the talent of the Meade County CONNECT (Gifted/Talented Services) students who participated. He added, “I’m glad that we were able to provide these young people the opportunity to share their ideas about what peace means to them.”

One grand prize winner will be selected and receive $2,500 and an engraved plaque. In addition, the international grand prize winner will travel to New York, N.Y., to attend the award ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations.

At the local level, Taylor was awarded $75. The second-place winner was Sarah Whelan, also a 7th-grader at SPMS, who received $50. T.J. Osborne, a 6th-grader from Flaherty Elementary School, received $25 as the third-place winner, and Haley Grosskopf, a 7th-grader at SPMS, was awarded $15 as the fourth-place winner.

On Nov. 3, Scarlet Basham, representing Muldraugh Lions Club, awarded the prizes to winning students and also presented certificates to honor all who participated in the contest.

CONNECT students’ peace posters will be displayed at Meade County Bank on Bypass Road in Brandenburg during the holiday season. Students represented are Courtney Benham, Jessica Dean, Haley Grosskopf, Joshua Morgan, T.J. Osborne, Nathan Popham, Maggie Tighe and Sarah Whelan. If you should visit the bank during the holidays, pause to have a look. Let us all join the hundreds of thousands of children from around the world as they share their visions of world peace.

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