Nicolette Schmidt earned the right to flip the switch during the annual Lighting of the Gazebo ceremony at Festival of Lights Dec. 2 when she won the Lion’s Club Peace Poster contest at the local level. Mayor and Smithville Noon Lions Club member Scott Saunders announced the winner in the gazebo downtown before directing Nicolette to the switch in the back of the gazebo.
According to the Lions Club website www.lionsclubs.org, for the last 30 years Lions clubs around the world have proudly sponsored the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. This “Future of Peace” themed art contest for kids, ages 11-13, encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace.
Each poster is judged on originality, artistic merit and expression of the theme. Posters advance through several judging levels: local, district, multiple district and international. At the international level, judges from the art, peace, youth, education and media communities select one grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners.
International winners will be notified on or before Feb. 1. One international grand prize winner will receive $5,000 and a trip to a special award ceremony. Each of the 23 merit award winners will receive a cash award of $500 and a certificate of achievement.
The Smithville Noon Lions Club is sponsoring her through the competition. Good luck, Nicolette!