Sixth-grader's winning poster promotes peace


October 25, 1998|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ALEX HRYBYK, a sixth-grader at Linthicum Elementary School, took first place in the Linthicum Lions Club's poster contest, the first step in the Lions International Peace Poster Contest.

Alex, 11, received his award in a ceremony at St. John's Lutheran Church. He was among 11 children from the St. John's Youth Group who participated in the contest, according to Beth Sandifer, club president. They were asked to draw, paint or sketch their interpretations of this year's theme, "Planting the Seeds of Peace."

Alex painted three hands of different colors throwing seeds in the shape of peace symbols onto a globe. The sleeves covering the arms are painted to resemble the flags of different countries, and some of the peace symbols appear to be sprouting plants.

Sandifer said Alex's entry made "creative use of the flags and seeds and brought in the human element with the hands."

She said the club asked the church youth group to enter the contest because St. John's is across the street from the field where the club holds its fair. She said members would give another organization an opportunity to enter the contest next year.

"Out of all the posters created by the youth group, Alex's entry best portrayed the contest's theme," Sandifer said.

Alex's poster goes to the district competition, where it will be judged against posters from 35 Lions Clubs in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties. There are three rounds of competition after the district contest.

The grand prize is $2,500 and an all-expenses-paid trip for the winner and two family members to New York City for the awards ceremony at the United Nations in March 1999. The remaining 23 finalists each receive a cash award of $500.

"We're cheering for Alex as his poster advances in the competition, and we hope that his vision ultimately will be shared with others around the world," said Sandifer.

Alex received a $100 savings bond for his winning entry. Daniel McNichol, 13, a pupil at Lindale-Brooklyn Park Middle School, took second place and a $50 savings bond for his chalk drawing of doves flying around a globe where peace signs are growing plants. Jessica Baumgardner, 11, of Overlook Elementary School took third place and a $50 savings bond for her poster of people holding hands around a globe.

Everyone who submitted posters received certificates of achievement. Sandifer said she was impressed by the amount of effort exhibited by the St. John's Youth Group. "It's obvious that these young people have strong ideas of what peace means to them," she said. "I'm proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions with all of us."

Church luncheon

Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church is having a harvest festival luncheon from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 200 School Lane in Linthicum.

The event is sponsored by the United Methodist Women. The $6 tickets for the luncheon can be purchased from any UMW member, circle member or at the church office through tomorrow.

Information: Marge Holmes, 410-859-5939 or the church office, 410-859-0990.

Women and heart disease

Dr. Roger S. Blumenthal, a heart disease specialist, will discuss women and heart disease at the next meeting of the Heart to Heart Support Group, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, at Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane, Linthicum.

Blumenthal, a cardiologist, is assistant professor of medicine, and co-director of the Henry Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease of Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Information: Nan Duerling, 410-987-0494.

Pub Date: 10/25/98

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