Sparta girl promotes the spirit of peace
Lions and Lioness Clubs around the world have been sponsoring a very special art contest in schools for many years. The International Peace Poster Contest allows children the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity.
Miss Jazmine Hernandez, a seventh grader at Meadowview Middle School in Sparta, recently won first place with her poster in District 27-D2, which is comprised of 49 Lions Clubs and nine Lioness Clubs in seven counties including Monroe County.
Hernandez and her family were honored at the Lions District 27-D2 Convention luncheon on Feb. 1, which was held at the Clarion Hotel and Suites in Wisconsin Dells. Her poster will move on to the state level competition and if she wins, she will be eligible for a trip to Singapore.
Though Hernandez drew her poster while at school, it was not a mandatory project, she, along with several others, made the decision to enter the contest on their own. Her colorful poster depicts a girl riding a peace bird, looking for peace across the ocean.
Along with her poster, Hernandez was asked to write a brief synopsis of her poster and what peace means to her. “I believe peace is where everybody comes together as a family and to be kind to each other. My poster shows a girl looking for peace across the ocean,” she wrote.
Back in November, Hernandez was told by her art teacher that she had won the contest. When she told her mom, Shawntell Zarate, she had won Zarate couldn’t help but get teary-eyed.
“She’s always been really quiet and she’s loved art ever since she started taking art in school. Whenever she’s assigned an art project, she always goes above and beyond,” Zarate said. “This is a big deal for her and she’s embarrassed by the attention, but I’m just so proud of her.”
At the luncheon, Hernandez was presented with a starfish, a certificate and a $75-award. She has already spent her award money on a few different things she’s been wanting.
Hernandez says she loves animals and may consider becoming a veterinarian someday, but she says she will definitely continue to draw.
The Lions International has over 1.4 million members all over the world and encompasses more countries than the United Nations. Lions serve their communities and the world in many ways including youth outreach.
The organization takes pride in the work of young artists like Hernandez in promoting the spirit of peace.