Rye Neck Middle School seventh-grader Marc Seemer has won the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Lions Club’s Peace Poster Contest for expressing his vision with this year’s theme of “A Celebration of Peace.” Seemer was recognized during a ceremony at the Larchmont Library on Nov. 18.

“Marc’s artwork stood out due to the airy feeling of his poster’s background,” said his art teacher, Jennifer Dallow, who teamed up with fellow art teacher Trisha Appel to encourage students to enter the competition. “He intentionally did not clutter the background, thus including a peaceful sky to cradle his earth image. He was very focused while working on the poster and I was inspired by his dedication.”

More than 50 seventh-graders from the middle school submitted their artwork in the schoolwide competition, where judges selected Georgia Meyer, Seemer and Moises Tejeida as the three finalists. Their posters were submitted to judges at the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Lions Club, who selected Seemer as the winner of the local branch contest. His poster will now be submitted to the district-level competition for further judging.

“It was nice that the students were able to discuss how peace can be celebrated throughout the world while working on their projects,” said Appel, who added that many of them drew the earth as a way to express their message that the entire world should celebrate peace.

The Lions International Peace Poster Contest, for students ages 11-13, has been in existence for more than 25 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.