Medina 8th-grader has winning design for peace poster

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 7 November 2021 at 7:58 pm

Photo courtesy of Carol Bellack: Jim Hancock, member of Medina Lions and chair of the Lions’ poster contest, stands with Saniyyaha Johnson, an eighth grader at Medina Middle School and winner of the Lions International Peace Poster contest.

MEDINA – Medina Lions Club has announced an eighth grader at Medina High School is the winner of the 2021-22 Lions Club International Peace Poster contest.

Saniyyaha Johnson was one of 17 students aged 11, 12 or 13 who entered the contest. Brielle Dunham was runner-up.

The Medina Lions has been participating in this contest for more than 12 years, said poster chairman Jim Hancock. In that time, they have had one student advance beyond the district level.

“There are some pretty talented students out there,” Hancock said.

The theme for this year’s poster was “We are all connected.” Saniyyaha depicted hands reaching out across the world, with a dove representing peace.

The contest took place during September and October, with help from art teacher Jen Scott, who helped coordinate the program on behalf of the Medina Lions Club.

“We are indebted to Mrs. Scott for her assistance to get this worthwhile program completed,” Hancock said.

A cash prize will be awarded to each contestant at an upcoming Lions Club meeting.

By winning at the local level, Saniyyaha is eligible to compete at the district level. She could possibly go on to the state, national and international level, where the grand prize winner will win $5,000.