A special congratulations to the winners of the Lions Clubs International “Imagine Peace” poster contest!
Burbank Noon Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest winners are, from left, Margo Akopov, 13, who attends John Muir Middle School and was representing the Boys and Girls Club; Micayla Siemon, 13, representing Luther Burbank Middle School; and Tanishka Nair, 11, representing Jordan Middle School. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph / December 4, 2012)
December 4, 2012 | 1:54 p.m.
Three young women were recognized for their artwork when the Burbank Noon Lions Club honored the winners of the Lions Clubs International “Imagine Peace” poster contest in a ceremony held at the Burbank Central Library in November.
Winners were Margo Akopov, 13, who entered the contest through the Boys & Girls Club and attends Muir Middle School; Micayla Siemon, 13, who was entered by Luther Middle School; and Tanishka Nair, 11, who was entered by Jordan Middle School.
In his welcome speech, Noon Lions Treasurer Bud Alleman said the student who goes all the way to the top of the global contest can win $5,000 and a trip to New York to attend Lions United Nations Day. This event marked the first level of judging and the winners artworks go on to the next level. Winners received $25 each and a certificate as well as certificates from the city of Burbank and the offices of Rep. Adam Schiff, State Sen. Carol Liu, Assemblyman Mike Gatto and Supervisor Michael Antonovich.
Each winner told how they were inspired to create their poster relating peace.
Micayla said her poster illustrated a peaceful, restful, grassy field.
“This meant peace to me,” she said.
Tanishka painted a rainbow, music notes, a dove and a hand with “peace,” “love” and ”hope” tattooed on three of the fingers.
Margo, who won in a previous year, tried to illustrate how people see peace in their own way, through dance, art or anything they love, she said.
Council member Jess Talamantes congratulated the winners saying it was quite an honor, especially for the repeat winner. This kind of success comes from a strong foundation that the parents provide, Talamantes said, along with encouragement from younger and older siblings.
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Mike Gatto is the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the California State Assembly. He represents the cities of Burbank, Glendale, La Canada-Flintridge, La Crescenta, Montrose, the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Atwater Village, and portions of the Hollywood Hills and East Hollywood. www.asm.ca.gov/gatto