Rye Neck Middle School seventh-grader Griffin Anderson has won the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Lions Club’s Peace Poster Contest for expressing his vision for this year’s theme of “The Future of Peace.”

“When I look at his poster, I see the dove gravitating above all other elements to show how peace can live on forever,” said Jennifer Dallow, who teamed up with fellow art teacher Trisha Appel to encourage students to enter the competition.

The students used a variety of supplies, such as markers, colored pencils, paint, oil pastels and collage materials, to create posters of their own visions of peace and what they hope for the future. As part of the project, they discussed what peace means to them, and many of them depicted flags from around the world and people holding hands as ways to express their messages. 

“Color and composition were major factors students thought about while working in order to create eye-catching works of art as well as to better emphasize their message of peace,” Appel said. 

More than 75 seventh-graders from the middle school submitted their artwork for the schoolwide competition. In addition to Anderson, judges selected Alara Altinbas, Oceane Daumasson, Phoebe Marcuse, Talia Martelli and Asha O’Reilly as finalists. Their posters were submitted to judges at the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Lions Club, who selected Anderson as the winner of the local branch contest, while Daumasson and O’Reilly were named runner-ups. Anderson’s poster will now be submitted to the district-level competition for further judging.

The Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest, for students ages 11-13, has been in existence for 30 years. As part of the contest, students’ posters advance through several rounds of competition before an international winner is declared on or before Feb. 1.