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Five Calvert County middle schoolers were honored by the Calvert County Lions Club on Monday evening for their award-winning posters exemplifying their ideas of peace.

The students, their families, principals and art teachers were celebrated at Adam’s the Place for Ribs in Prince Frederick, where they received a special dinner and $100 each.

Past Lions Club district governor Ken Watson explained that the annual Peace Poster competition is sanctioned by Lions Club International.

Watson said the contest is designed for students ages 11 through 13, who have from the start of the school year until early November to complete their posters.

Watson said since there are two Lions clubs in Calvert County, his covers the schools in the middle and southern end of the county: The Calverton School and Calvert, Plum Point, Southern and Mill Creek middle schools.

Watson said the theme for the posters this year was “Imagine Peace” and that his club had the school art teachers select the winners.

“I don’t know how anybody judges these things. … To me, all five of them are winners. They work hard on it,” Watson said. “I’m not an art critic. We just enjoy having them and doing this little party.”

The winning posters at the county level advance to a district competition, Watson explained.

The students honored Monday night were Angelo Keller of Mill Creek Middle School, Emily Eckert of The Calverton School, Jana Johnson of Plum Point Middle School, Keybriah Kelson of Calvert Middle School and Abby Rieve of Southern Middle School.

Angelo, 12, explained that his poster displayed a dove holding a ribbon in the shape of a peace sign over a globe. Behind the globe were different countries’ flags.

“It’s to show in every nation, we’re together like a quilt,” he said.

Emily, 11, said her poster was a drawing within a drawing, displaying a girl sitting in class while her teacher is discussing war.

“And she’s doodling in her notebook about peace,” Emily said, explaining that she drew the girl in her poster drawing a tree with all of its roots being different countries.

“It kind of came to me as I drew,” Emily said of her elaborate poster idea.

“I guess I just wanted to see how I’d do,” said Jana, 12, as to why she entered the contest. “I think it turned out good.”

For her winning poster, Jana drew people standing on top of a globe holding hands. Underneath the globe she drew various peace symbols.

She said she was probably putting her $100 check into college savings.

Keybriah, 12, said her poster, featuring animals and nature, was about “a fantasy world in the future if everything was in harmony.

“ … I was in art and my teacher said, ‘You can draw really good. How about you enter the contest?’” said Keybriah, who shook her head when asked if she expected to win at her school.

“I was excited. I told everybody,” she said of her win.

Abby’s poster depicted children from different countries playing catch.

“I didn’t want to do peace signs and doves and all the usual things,” said Abby, 11. “I wanted to think of something that children could do together.”

She said she planned to save some of her $100 for college and donate another portion to the ASPCA.

Abby said that to her, peace means “everybody [getting] along without fighting and just being together without others judging them.”