Marlborough – The Marlborough Lions hosted their annual Peace Poster Contest and first place winner Aurora Lisa Gigliotti, a seventh-grader from the David J. Quinn Middle School in Hudson, was recently honored at the club’s February meeting. Aurora was joined by her parents Luisa Basile and Luigi Gigliotti, and Diane Hoff, her art teacher.
The theme of the 2017-18 contest was “The Future of Peace,” and students between ages 11 and 13 were eligible to participate. The Peace Poster Contest, now in its 30th year, was created in 1988 to give young people the opportunity to creatively express their feelings for world peace and to share their visions with the world. Approximately 400,000 children from 75 countries participate in the contest annually. Lions clubs sponsor the contest, which provides a chance for club members to introduce the youth of their community to international understanding. In October, the Marlborough Lions voted on posters submitted by Quinn Middle School, 1LT Charles W Whitcomb School in Marlborough, and the Boys & Girls Club in Marlborough, on the basis of originality, artistic merit, and expression of the theme.
As the first place winner, Aurora’s poster moved on to the district level for judging. Her poster won first place again, selected from among over 20 others in a tough competition between all the clubs in the Massachusetts Lion’s District 33K, and was displayed at the district’s Mid-Winter Convention in February. Aurora received award checks from the Marlborough Lions Club and Lions District 33K, as well as a dinner at the Marlborough Super Buffet, where the Marlborough Lions meet on the fourth Wednesday of most every month throughout the year.
The second place winner was Jo Rodriguez of the Boys & Girls Club of Marlborough, and the third place winner was Chloe Mazza, of Quinn Middle School. These students also received award checks from the Marlborough Lions. The posters will also be displayed at local public libraries in the coming weeks and all participating students receive award certificates.
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