Vanessa Gregorio, an eighth-grade student at Esperanza Middle School, has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Lexington Park Lions Club.

Vanessa’s poster is among more than 400,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 28th annual Lions International Peace Poster contest, a contest sponsored to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

“Our club is cheering for Vanessa as her poster advances to face stiff competition through the district, multiple district, and international rounds of competition.   We hope to see her vision shared with others around the world,”

– Lexington Park Lions President, Stacey Hancock.

“Don’t be afraid to help someone, to hold their hand, to be a friend.  Stay determined to make and share peace.”

— Vanessa Gregorio

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