Goldtooth’s poster will be among more than 375,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 25th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the program to “emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere,” according to a news release.
“My hope is for people around the world of all cultures to come together in peace,” the 13-year-old from Moab said.
The poster was selected by members of Moab Lions Club for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest them, “Imagine Peace,” Moab Lions Club officials said in the news release. The judging for the Moab competition was held Nov. 13 at The Grand Center in Moab.
Goldtooth’s work was praised by local Lions Club officials, who said the teen, in creating the colorful poster, has taken “the first step to becoming an internationally-recognized artist.”
Moab Lions Club President Linda Warren said she was “impressed by the expression and creativity” of the students at Grand County Middle School.
“It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them,” Warren said. “I’m so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions.
“Goldtooth’s poster will advance to face stiff competition through the district, multiple district and international levels of competition if she is to be declared the international grand prize winner.”
One international grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash award of $5,000 and a trip for the winner and two family members to attend an 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, according to the news release.
“Our club is cheering for Tynisha as her poster advances in the competition, and we hope that her vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world,” Warren said.
Locally, the Moab Lions Club will honor Goldtooth and 33 other students for their participation in the competition. Their posters will be displayed in the foyer of the Moab Arts and Recreation Center, 111 North 100 East, during the month of December.
Past international grand prize winners can be seen at www.lionsclubs.org.
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization, with more than 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs in 206 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions Clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and “made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world,” according to the news release.