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Granite Oaks student wins Lions Club poster contest

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Kelsey Sorg, an eighth grade student at Granite Oaks Middle School, has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist. She won $75 in a local competition sponsored by the Rocklin Lions Club. Sorg’s poster was among more than 375,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 24th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere. “Peace cannot be inserted into a world full of hate. The hate needs to be removed and peace will be there,” the 13-year-old explained. Sorg’s poster was selected by three local artists and educators for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “Children Know Peace.” The judging was held on Nov. 3 in Rocklin. Rocklin Lions Club President Victor Tulbure said he was impressed by the expression and creativity of the students at Granite Oaks Middle School. “It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them,” Tulbure said. “I’m so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions.” Sorg’s poster will face stiff competition through the district and international rounds of competition if she is so declared the international grand prize winner, Tulbure said. One 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 winner and two family members to the awards ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations. The 23 merit award winners will each receive a cash award of $500. “Our club is cheering for Sorg as her poster advances in the competition, and we hope that her vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world,” Tulbure said. Locally, Kelsey Sorg and Andrea Hildan were honored by the Rocklin Lions Club on Dec. 6. View international grand prize and merit award winners at www.lionsClubs.org. Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with 1, 35 million members in 45,000 clubs in 206 countries and geographic areas. In addition to its efforts toward conquering blindness, the organization has made a strong commitment to service and helping youth throughout the world. ~ Staff report