Emma Thoms-Warzecha and Kirsten Trutwin, both eighth grade students at Little Falls Community Middle School, have taken the first step to becoming internationally recognized artists by placing in a local competition sponsored by the Little Falls Dandee Lions. Thoms-Warzecha’s poster placed first in the local competition, while Trutwin’s poster took second place.
The girls’ posters were among more than 350,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 27th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.
Thoms-Warzecha and Trutwin’s posters will advance to face stiff competition through the district, multiple district, and international rounds of competition if one of them is declared the international grand prize winner.
One grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash award of $2,500.00, plus a trip for the winner and two family members to New York City, New York, for the awards ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations. The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.00.
The Dandee Lions Club is cheering for Emma and Kirsten as their posters advance in the competition, and hope that the visions of both artists will ultimately be shared with others around the world.