SCHROON LAKE - For the past 10 years the Schroon Lake Lions Club has sponsored the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in the Schroon Lake Central School.
The 2009 winners include two members of the same family, a first in the history of the local contest. Judges selected Caleb Maisonville as the first place winner. His brother Joe Maisonville's poster was singled out for honorable mention together with the poster of Sam Foote.
All three of the winners are members of the seventh and eighth grades in Schroon Lake. The theme of the 2009 contest was "The Power of Peace."
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 prizewinner is honored in an award ceremony at Lions Day at the United Nations in New York City in February. The purpose of the Peace Poster Contest is to help young people focus on the wider world beyond that in which they live, a world that is in desperate need of those who will dream the dream of peace.
Lion Peter Durkee, chair of the local contest, said, "The young people who have participated during the last 10 years have consistently impressed our Town of Schroon Lions Club members. They have all been enthusiastic, thoughtful and creative. The Lions are particularly grateful for the inspiration and guidance of their art teachers during the past year, Anne Gregson and Brie Rosecrans."
The winners of the 2009 Peace Poster Contest in Schroon Lake Central were honored and their teachers recognized at the March 15 meeting of the club.