By Riley Duncan
Cougar News Blog
The Lions Club has drawn up another poster contest and Cactus Canyon student Savanna Castillo has won the local competition. She will be now moving on to the statewide tournament.
The Lions International Peace Poster Contest has been held annually for 25 years and is sponsored by the Gold Canyon club. All funds received by the group are donated to nonprofit organizations to support people with disabilities. It also gives scholarships to Apache Junction High School students as well.
“The Lions Club is a volunteer organization whose motto is ‘we serve.’ All funds go to organizations for sight and hearing,” said Bonnie Weaver of the Gold Canyon Lions club.
The contest is held to promote art in sixth to eighth grade students at CCJH, Desert Vista, and Peralta Trail. The club invited students ages 11-13 to participate. The theme for this year was “peace, understanding, and love.” Castillo drew the Earth being held up by a pair of hands and being surrounded by doves.
“A group of four judges from the club committee judged on creativity, artistic quality, and if the theme was followed,” said Weaver.
In all, there were 131 posters that were submitted, many of which displayed an abundance of artistic ability.
“It was a hard decision because there were so many artistic posters to choose from,” said Weaver.
The next step for Savanna’s poster is to go to the state level. If she manages to win state then she will be promoted to the international level, where she will compete with posters from countries around the world.
“My parents have inspired me to be a peaceful person and I think that drawing is a good way to express peace,” said Savanna.