Mandan News

Heinze’s poster named for international contest

Hannah Heinze holds up her winning poster, which will now enter international competition of the Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Submitted photos

Hannah Heinze holds up her winning poster, which will now enter international competition of the Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Submitted photos

 

Hannah Heinze, an eighth grade student at Mandan Middle School, took a big step towards becoming an internationally recognized artist when she was named the winner of a local poster competition sponsored by the Mandan Dacotah Lions Club.

Heinze’s poster has advanced through the local Lions Club contest, the district and the multiple district levels of competition, and is now advancing to the international level, which is the final level of the contest.

Her poster was one of more than 400,000 entries submitted worldwide in the annual Lions International Poster Contest. It was selected for its originality, choice of colors, attention to detail and the story it tells of this year’s theme, “Imagine Peace.”

Heinze was honored with an award by the Mandan Dacotah Lions during a presentation on Monday, Jan. 25, for her accomplishment.

Heinze’s poster now travels to Hamburg, Germany, for the international level contest, during the International Lion’s Convention.

This is the second year in a row that a Mandan Middle School student has made it through the district competitions to qualify for the international contest.

This is Heinze’s third (and final) year to enter the peace poster competition, as it is open to kids ages 11 to 13. Last year she placed second in the local competition. Her winning poster shows four children sleeping, all connected by a peace sign. Hannah says she showed the children sleeping “because when you are sleeping is when you can best imagine peace.” For her winning poster Hannah received $30 in Mandan dollars from the Dacotah Lions Club, $100 for winning at the district level, and $200 for winning at the multi-district level.

This year marks Lions Club International’s celebration of its 25th anniversary of the Peace Poster contest, which was created to showcase the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.