Two advance in peace poster contest

Samantha Bosak, a student at Salk Middle School, and Alyssa Schroeder, a student at VandenBerge Middle School, have taken first place in a local peace poster contest sponsored by the Elk River Lions.

Samantha Bosak

Their winning entries, which garnered them $100 apiece, have now advanced to the 24th annual Lions International Peace Essay Poster Contest. The Lions Club International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

The winning posters will be entered at the district, multiple district and international rounds of competition. One grand prize and 23 merit award winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash prize of $5,000 plus a trip to Lions Day with the United Nations. Merit award winners will receive $500.

Elk River Lion Bob Brown said he was very impressed by the expression and creativity of the students at Salk and VandenBerge.

“It’s obvious these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them,” he said. “We’re proud that we’re able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions.”

Alyssa Schroeder (left) was one of two winners in the contest. Jessica Nielsen was a runner-up along with Lydia Nesser (not pictured).

The Lions also recognized the runner-up at each Elk River middle school. VandenBerge’s Jessica Nielsen and Salk’s Lydia Nesser were awarded $50 for their second-place entries.