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Lily Dunlap of Herndon Middle Wins Peace Poster Contest

Lily Dunlap’s winning peace poster.

Lily Dunlap’s winning peace poster. Photo Contributed

Lily Dunlap, an eighth grade student at Herndon Middle School, won a competition sponsored by the Reston Lions Club.

Dunlap’s poster was among more than 350,000 entries submitted worldwide in the annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the program to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

The poster was selected by the Reston Lions Club for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “Imagine Peace.”

“Dreams come true when you believe, so believe in peace,” the 13-year-old from Reston said.

Sue Beffel, Reston Lions Club president, said she was impressed by the expression and creativity of the students at Herndon Middle School. “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 vision.” Locally, the Reston Lions Club will recognize Dunlap and other students for their participation at Herndon Middle School.

Dunlap’s poster will advance through the district, multiple district and international levels of competition if she is to be declared the international grand prize winner. One international grand prizewinner and 23 merit award winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash award of $5,000, plus a trip for the winner and two family members to an awards ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations in March 2013.

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

View past international grand prizewinners at www.lionsclubs.org.