Junior high student has best of 130 peace poster entries

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By Heather Hoffmeyer
Holt Journal staff writer

HOLT—On Nov. 1, the
Holt Lions Club presented Jack Murphy with a $25 check for winning the peace poster contest’s local competition. Murphy said he received a lot of his inspiration from seeing what winning posters looked like in the past.

“I was looking at the previous winners, and I noticed the trend of all the doves,” the 13-year-old said.

The peace poster contest is an international competition for junior-high aged students. Because the poster needs to be recognized by children all over the world, the poster cannot contain any numbers, letters or symbols.

According to Lion Bill Letzsch, this is the first year that the Holt Lions club has entered the contest. Letzsch was the main Lion in charge of the peace poster contest this year.

The Holt Lions had roughly 130 different drawings to choose from, and Jack Murphy’s stood out from the crowd. Murphy’s photo will now go on to the district level to compete with around five other club winners from the district.

After the district level, there are two more stages in which a student’s poster can advance. The overall winner of the entire contest is then honored at the Lions international convention.

Lion Ray Robins said the winner will be chosen from roughly 55,000 students internationally. 32 Lions members from all over the world will choose the winner.

“It’s a really big deal to win,” Robins said. “The kid gets to go to and be honored at an international conference. This year it is in Hamburg.”

Murphy is in the eighth grade at Holt Junior High. He is in many extracurricular activities. He is a member of Troop 43 in the Boy Scouts, along with competing in cross-country, swiming, and track.

Murphy was honored with his mother, Joan Murphy; his sister, Jenna Murphy, and his art teacher, Amber Crosby-Boerma. Jack Murphy said he worked on his drawing for about a week, and did so because of the positive effect the Lions have.

“They give a message that people in a group can make a difference in the community,” Murphy said.

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