FAIRMONT - Hanna Reischl likes to draw, so entering the Lions Club Peace Poster Contest was not a difficult decision.
As she placed symbols of peace around her entry, she thought about what peace means.
"I was thinking of how not all countries get along, so they fight," she wrote in a paragraph describing her submitted piece. "They don't always realize that if they could at least try to compromise, maybe they each could find a way to help each other instead of war. That thought made me want to see more peace between everybody."
PROMOTING?PEACE — Hanna Reischl is the local winner of the Lions Club Peace Poster Contest.
The sixth-grader at St. John Vianney School in Fairmont won the local contest for 11- to 13-year olds.
Art teachers at the public school and St. John Vianney told students about the contest, but it wasn't an assignment.
"I thought it would be fun to try," Reischl said.
Ron Cherland, the Peace Poster chairman for the local Lions Club, said the theme this year is "Imagine Peace."
The contest challenges youth with artistic sensibilities to be creative.
"The thought is that many kids are not athletically inclined and are more in tune with the arts, but don't get as much recognition," he said. "It is to build self-esteem and get them recognized."
Local winners advance to a district level, where winners advance again. The contest culminates with an international competition.
Cherland said winners are chosen based on the quality of the artwork, but the committees also consider the paragraphs written by the artists.
Reischl combined symbols of peace in her poster to emphasize the theme.
"The flags represent all nations coming together, even if some of them fought each other at some point," she wrote to the Lions. "It shows that they should come together. The globe and hearts represent how we learn about what is happening in other countries, like if they are peaceful at that time, the hearts mean that you are supposed to love one another as yourselves. Since we are friends with China, I decided to draw a Chinese peace sign. I think our world needs more world peace."
"It is amazing what an 11-year-old can do," Cherland said.
For her efforts, Reischl won a certificate and a $75 prize.
Jenna Jette and Eric Head won second and third place locally.