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Milford Girl Wins International Merit Award

Ioana Rotaru of Milford was named a merit award winner in the 23rd Annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest.

Ioana Rotaru, a 13-year-old girl who attends Middle School East in Milford, has been named a merit award winner in the 23rd annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. The theme of this year's competition was "Vision of Peace."

Ioana's winning poster was chosen for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of this year's theme. She is one of 23 merit award winners chosen from more than 350,000 entries drawn by children ages 11 to 13 from 65 countries. "We must all speak for peace, for it has no voice," Ioana said.

As a merit award winner, the Milford Lions Club, local sponsor of the contest, will present Ioana with a cash award of $500 and a certificate of achievement.

"Our club is very excited to have sponsored a merit award winner in this meaningful international contest," said Marc Mann, president of the Milford Lions Club. "We are proud to support local young people and encourage peace and understanding in our community."

Lions Clubs International President Sid L. Scruggs III said, "I commend these young people for sharing their personal visions of peace with the world around them. They are truly beacons of hope for us all."

Raj Phairembam, an 11-year-old boy from Moirang, Manipur, India, created the grand prize winning poster. The merit award winners are from Argentina, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Malta, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, New Zealand, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, the United States (California, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts and Virginia) and Uruguay.

Ioana enjoys reading, playing the piano, bike riding, skateboarding and singing. She is also involved in activities as the Create-it Art and Design Center and at her school.

The 24 finalists' peace posters will be exhibited at children's museums and various locations throughout the United States. They will also be featured prominently at the 94th annual Lions Clubs International Convention in Seattle, Washington, USA. Visit the Lions Clubs International Web site,, to view Peace Posters, learn more about the contest and send Peace Poster e-cards.

Lions Clubs International, the world's largest service club organization, is made up of 1.35 million men and women in 206 countries and geographical locations throughout the world. Lions created the Peace Poster Contest to foster a spirit of peace and international understanding in young people worldwide.

Ioana Rotaru's merit winning poster at the 23rd Annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest held in Illinois during February. Ioana is a Middle School East student.


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