Earl Warren student wins artistic competition

Danielle Hsu, a seventh-grader at Earl Warren Middle School, has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Del Sol Lions Club.

On Nov. 7, the Del Sol Lions and the Solana Beach Library announced that Hsu was the local winner of the Lions Club International (LCI) 24th annual competition titled “Children Know Peace.” To compete, local 11-, 12- and 13 year-olds joined more than 375,000 children from around the world in sharing their vision of peace in the form of a poster.

Hsu was awarded $100 and will advance to the next level of competition. When asked for the motivation behind her artwork, the 11-year old from Del Mar replied, “You can’t accomplish peace with just one person, you all have to work together.”

Other contest winners were 11-year-old Carly Vertongen, second place and recipient of $50, 11-year-old Bijan Ashtiani-Eisemann, third place and recipient of $25, 13-year-old Cameron Ashtiani-Eisemann, Honorable Mention.

Del Sol Lion Joani Kerr, assistant branch manager at the Solana Beach Library, and Linette Page, first vice president, responsible for Del Sol Lion Programs and Service Projects, arranged the contest at the Solana Beach Library. The poster was selected by Del Sol Lion and supporter of the arts Carol Childs, art teacher and former NASA illustrator Joel Harris, and Del Sol Lion President Bulent Erol for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “Children Know Peace.”

“Hsu’s poster will advance to face stiff competitors through district, multiple district and international rounds of competition where she could potentially be declared the international grand prize winner,” Erol said.

The international winner will be announced on Feb. 1, 2012, and will receive $5,000 plus a trip with two family members to the awards ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations in March 2012. 23 Merit winners will also be selected and receive $500 each.

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