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Winthrop Harbor sixth-grader imagines peace

Morgan Moeller 11 Winthrop Harbor with her imagine peace themed award winning poster she made. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media

Morgan Moeller, 11, of Winthrop Harbor with her imagine peace themed award winning poster she made. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 30, 2013 1:15AM

WINTHROP HARBOR — Morgan Moeller beat out 99 other students to win the Winthrop Harbor Lions Club Peace Poster Contest.

A sixth-grader at North Prairie Jr. High, she spent about two and a half hours creating her poster for the contest. She used crayons, markers and colored pencils to follow the “Imagine Peace” theme, incorporating a peace symbol and a thought bubble.

“It’s been my second major award and I was excited when they called my name (at school). I thought I was in trouble,” Morgan said.

The 11-year-old won $100 from the Lions Club for winning the peace poster contest. She has yet to spend it all.

Lions Club International has held the peace poster contest for 25 years. About four million children from 100 countries participate in the poster contest, according to Angela Terracciano, Winthrop Harbor Lions Club peace poster contest chairwoman.

The theme varies from year to year. Children ages 11 to 13 may compete.

Morgan’s poster advanced her to compete at the district level. There are about 25 clubs in the district which includes Lake County, Terracciano said.

District winners compete at multiple district levels, then advance to the international level. The international level grand prize winner gets $5,000. The 23 merit winners each win $500 at the international level, she said.

Terracciano was one of the judges for the Winthrop Harbor club’s contest.

“I think (Morgan) listened to the direction and she incorporated ‘Imagine Peace.’ She had symbols that tried to encompass the world in peace. It’s difficult to judge,” Terracciano said.

Morgan said she decided she wanted to draw more after she won the People’s Choice Award for a sunflower painting she submitted to the Kenosha Art Association last spring. She won a bucket full of art supplies.

Art and language arts are her favorite subjects. She is also in her school’s art club, plays trumpet in the school band and enjoys archery as another hobby.

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