Mandan News

Schmidt poster now competing on international level

Katelyn Schmidt's poster, which recently won a district contest and will now compete on an international level, in the Lions International Peace Poster contest. Submitted artwork photo

Katelyn Schmidt, a sixth grade student at Mandan Middle School, took a big step towards becoming an internationally recognized artist when she won a local competition sponsored by the Mandan Dacotah Lions Club.

Schmidt’s poster has advanced through the Mandan Dacotah Club, District 5 NW and MD5 levels of competition and is now advancing to the international level, which is the final level in the contest.

Her poster is one of more than 350,000 entries submitted worldwide in the annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the program to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

“Peace is a feeling you get when all races of all nations come together to help each other when they need it,” the 11-year-old Schmidt said. The poster was selected for its originality, the choice of colors, the attention to detail and the story the poster tells of the theme “Children Know Peace” by a panel of judges made up of local artists. The artists were impressed at the imagination of the young participants and the artwork they submitted. Each poster received the appreciation of the judges for their excellent work. The judging was held on Nov. 25 at Regina, Saskatchewan.

MD 5 Lions Opportunities for Youth Chairperson, Lion Maureen Meston-Pockett, said she was impressed by the expression and creativity of the students. “It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them. I’m so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions.”

One international grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash award of $2,500, plus a trip for the winner, two family members and the sponsoring club president to New York City, for the awards ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations. The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.