Manchester Students Win Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest

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MANCHESTER – A local Manchester Middle School student took home the first place prize in the 2017-2018 Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Following this achievement, 7th grader Hannah Pepuyan’s poster was forwarded to the Lions District Competition.

The runners up winners were local 7th grade students Nicole Collinson, 13, and Gianna Pellegrino, 12.

“Peace is a special element in this world that can change each and every one of our lives,” Collinson said.

Local Lions Club members chose Pepuyan’s poster for its originality, artistic merit, and its portrayal of the contest’s theme of “The Future of Peace” during the judging back in November 2017.

One grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected from posters that have progressed through the district, multiple district, State, national and international rounds of the  to be declared international grand prize winner of the competition.

The grand prize will be a prize of $5,000 and a trip for the winner and two family members to the award ceremony. The 23 international merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a prize of $500.

The three local Manchester students were honored by the Lakehurst/Manchester Lions Club on May 5, 2018 at the Crestwood Village III.

“It is obvious that these students have strong ideas about what peace means to them. I am so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions,” said Lakehurst/Manchester Lions Club President Edith Klucewitz.

The 2018-2019 International Lions Peace Poster Contest theme will be “Kindness Matters” and will end on November 1, 2018. Manchester Middle School teacher Mrs. Suzanne Oizerowitz will manage the local contest. The contest is open to all students who will be 11, 12 or 13 as of November 15.

To see International grand prizes and merit award winners, visit