North Cariboo Christian School Grade 7 student Grace Anderson poses with her poster, along with, from left, Quesnel Lions Club member Carla Goldthorpe, Grade 6/7 teacher Michelle Sargent and Quesnel Lions Club member Louis Beaulieu. Anderson’s poster was chosen second in B.C. in the Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest. Lindsay Chung photo

Quesnel student’s poster second in all of B.C.

Grace Anderson’s poster won second place in B.C. in the Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest

A Quesnel student’s poster about peace has been chosen second in all of B.C.

North Cariboo Christian School Grade 7 student Grace Anderson, who is 13, created a poster that was chosen second in British Columbia in The Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest.

The poster contest is open to all 150 Lions Clubs in British Columbia, and of all the top posters from each club, seven are chosen as the top posters in the entire province.

“I was very happy,” Anderson said of finding out she’d been chosen.

Anderson created her poster during two lessons, and she says she incorporated a baby into the design because everyone loves babies, and she included poppies for Remembrance Day. Her winning poster also features a beautiful sunset and a butterfly.

“Grace is a very competent artist, and every piece of art she does is of the highest quality,” said Michelle Sargent, Anderson’s Grade 6/7 teacher. “It doesn’t come as a surprise to me that she did so well in the competition.”

Quesnel Lions Club member Louis Beaulieu says Anderson’s poster was recognized at the Lions conference in Penticton at the end of March.

The Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest is held annually, and Beaulieu feels it is a very big deal for the students who are chosen for having the top posters.

“That’s a very, very real honour,” he said of Anderson’s second-place finish in all of B.C. “We were at the conference in Penticton, and there were over 200 people at the conference. When the time arrived to show the posters, we saw hers was second place, and that was great.”

“It’s a wonderful feeling,” agreed Quesnel Lions Club member Carla Goldthorpe. “We’re really proud of her.”

Locally, the Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest is open to all schools, and Beaulieu and Goldthorpe say the contest usually opens in the fall, and they hope Quesnel and area students will be part of next year’s contest.

READ MORE: Quesnel’s St. Anne’s Catholic School students excel in poster contest

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