Eric Josephson, a fifth-grader at Odenton Elementary School, could be on his way to becoming an internationally recognized artist after winning a local competition sponsored by the Odenton Lions Club, part of the sixth annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest.
"If people thought of peace first, the world would be in harmony," the 11-year-old from Odenton said.
Out of all the posters created by Odenton Elementary students, Eric's entry best portrayed the contest's theme, "A Journey to Peace."
Odenton Lions Club President Trent Kutsch said he was pleased with all the work Odenton Elementary students put into the project. "From looking at all the entries, it was obvious all the students have strong feelings about peace," he said.
Eric's poster advances to competition in District 22, where his entry will compete against entries from many other schools in the area.
"Eric's poster will face stiff competition through the district round and in three more rounds of international competition if he is to be declared the international grand prize winner," Mr. Kutsch said.
Ultimately, one grand prize winner will be selected from 245 international finalists. The grand prize includes a cash award of $1,500 plus a trip for the winner and two family members to New York City for the awards ceremony at the United Nations in March.
As Merit Award Winners, the remaining 23 finalists will receive certificates and cash awards of $250 each.
Lions Club International is sponsoring the contest to underscore the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.
Faith Community Church will hold a New Year's Eve Watch Night Celebration starting at 9 p.m. Friday. A film, "Guess Who's Coming to America," will be shown. Games, music, fun and fellowship will highlight the evening. Bring snack food and drinks to share.
Faith Community Church is located at 1306 Waugh Chapel Road in Gambrills.
For more information, call 672-3698.
Start the year out right by attending a 55 Alive Safe Driving course from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 4 and 5 at the O'Malley Senior Center.
Sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons, this course is designed to help seniors improve their driving skills.
Some insurance companies even reduce their rates for those who complete the course.
A registration fee of $8 will cover the text and materials. A check or money order made out to A.A.R.P. must be submitted before the first session.
Advance registration is required; lunch reservations must also be made if needed. The center is located at 1275 Odenton Road. For more information, call 222-6227 or 621-9515.