SCHROON LAKE - Justin Lough is the first prize winner of the 2008-2009 Lions International Peace Poster Contest.
His entry also placed second in the District 20 W judging.
This year's Peace Poster theme was, "Peace Begins With Me."
A seventh grade student at the Schroon Lake Central School, Lough was honored by the Town of Schroon Lions Club at its monthly meeting recently. At the meeting he was presented with a $100 savings bond in recognition of his achievement, and received a check and commemorative plaque from the district governor.
Rhiannon Hoffman and Abigail Wisser, whose posters earned honorable mention, each received $50 savings bonds.
The Peace Poster Contest is an annual event sponsored by Lions International. Over 325,000 young people ages 11-13, representing approximately 200 countries and geographic areas of the world participate. The international grand prize winner is honored at an award ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations in New York City.
The chair of the local contest, Lion Peter Durkee, noted that the purpose of the Peace Poster Contest is to help young people focus on the wider world beyond that in which they live.
"The Town of Schroon Lions, who have sponsored the contest locally for the last nine years, have been continually pleased by the enthusiasm, thoughtfulness and creativity of all the young people who have participated," Durkee said. "The Lions are particularly grateful for the guidance and inspiration that has been provided the students by their art teacher, Anne Gregson."