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Rocklin student advances in Lions International Peace Poster Contest

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Talia Panadero, an eighth-grade student at Granite Oaks Middle School, has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning $75 in the local competition sponsored by the Rocklin Lions Club.

Panadero’s, poster was among more than 375,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 25th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International sponsors the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

“Through the creative use of art a vision of peace will emerge,” said the 13-year-old Rocklin resident.

The poster was selected by three local artists and educators for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “Imagine Peace.” The judging was held Nov. 4 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.

“We can rest assured that our students give serious thought to the future and their heartfelt dream of a better world where all people may live in peace and brotherhood,” he said. “Congratulations Talia, may your poster serve as inspiration for all mankind. It is young people like you who can make peace a reality.”

Panadero’s poster advanced and won at the district level. Her poster will advance to face even stiffer competition at the multi-district and international rounds of competition.

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 Talia Panadero as her poster advances in the competition, and we hope that her vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world,” Trulbure said.

Locally, Panadero and Kirsten Smurthivaite will be honored for their participation by the Rocklin Lions Club on Dec. 4 at the community Center.

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 46,000 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.

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Rocklin Lions Club Peace Poster Contest winners

Overall winner ($75): Talia Panadero

Runner-up ($50): Kirsten Smurthivaite

Honorable mention: Natalie Clark, Alexander Hill, Ryan Jackson, Elle Knorzer, Keiko Watari, Jenna Wergedal and Elisse White