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The Brandon-Forest Dale Lions Club may not look like peacemakers, but in its own way it's making a small contribution to world peace and international cooperation.

In an effort to inspire young people in our area to "think peace", the club sponsored a recent peace poster contest at the Neshobe Elementary School in Brandon.

Lions Club members announced that Neshobe student Tyler Johnson is the winner of the 2011 Lions CLub Peace Poster Contest.

The sixth-grade class at Neshobe Elementary School took on the challenge to create a series of peace posters as a means to participate in the contest; several members of the Brandon-Forest Dale Lions Club judged the posters and chose seven finalists among the entries.

The entire membership of the Lions Club then chose the top three winners from those seven finalists.

The poster entries were judged based on originality, creativity, and how well the entry conveyed this year's theme -o"Visions of Peace."

In addition to winning $25 from the Lions Club, winner Tyler Johnson's wining entry will be submitted as an entry in the Lions' Vermont District level of competition. From there, the winner goes on to Lions Club national level, and finally, the Lions International level with a variety of prizes at each level.

Neshobe student Chloe Speyers was the second place winner and received $15 for her creative poster entry.

Maria Wiles finished third and took home $10 for her poster entry. Members of the Brandon-Forest Dale Lions Club visited the school and thanked the top three winners as well as all of the students participating in the contest.

"They were all wonderful and it was difficult to pick the winners," said one of the Lions Club judges.

The Lions Club judges also thanked art teacher John Brudowski at Neshobe for all his efforts in engaging students and in making the event a success at the rural school.

Lions Club members Jackie Dutil, Burt and Patti Reynolds were thanked for their role as poster art judges.

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