Westboro Lions to host virtual Peace Poster and Speech contests for students


Westborough – Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Westborough Lions Club will host its annual Peace Poster Contest for Middle School students and its Youth Speech Contest for High School students via virtual technology.  All subsequent competitions for the winners will also be held virtually.

The Peace Poster contest is designed for students between the ages of 11 and 13 to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through their art and creativity. This year’s poster theme is Peace Through Service.  Each poster will be judged on three criteria: Artistic Merit, Originality, and Expression of the Theme.  There are four levels of competition: Local, District, State, and International. Monetary awards will be given at each level. The deadline to enter the Westborough Contest is Friday, Oct. 16.   The winner will be selected by Saturday, Nov. 7. All entries will be posted in an online gallery and judged remotely.  The winner will be recognized at the November Zoom call meeting of the Westborough Lions Club. More information on the contest and details on how to register can be found on the Peace Poster page on the Lions website: westboroughlionsclub.org.

The Youth Speech Contest will be held on Tuesday, Dec.  1 on Zoom. It is designed for high school-aged students residing in Westborough to provide a platform for them to hone their public speaking skills.  It is also a great addition to a student’s college resume! Each student will deliver a five to eight minute speech on this year’s topic: Is Winning Everything? There are five levels of competition: Local, Zone, Region, District, and State, with monetary prizes at each level culminating in a $1500 award to the student chosen as the “Best in State”. Three judges will evaluate each speech on delivery, effectiveness, and text. The deadline to enter this contest is Friday, Nov. 6.  More information on the contest and details on how to enter can be found at westboroughlionsclub.org, as well as on the State Youth Speech website: lionsyouthspeech.org.