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Yaretzi Medrano Wins District 4-L4 Competition in Lions International Peace Poster Contest

Yaretzi Medrano, a 7th grade student at Emerson Middle School in Pomona, has taken the second step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a district level competition. Yaretzi’s poster was submitted and sponsored by the Pomona Host Lions Club.

Medrano’s poster was among more than 450,000 entries submitted worldwide in the annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the program to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

Inspiration for the 12 year old from Pomona came from this year’s Peace Poster Contest Theme, “We Are All Connected”. The poster was selected by a panel of judges including all Club Presidents and Cabinet Members in the District for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme. The judging was held on November 20th at the City of Chino Community Building.

District 4-L4’s Peace Poster Chair Susie McIntosh said she is impressed by the expression and creativity of the students in our district. “It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them. I’m so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions.”

“Madrano’s poster will advance through the multiple district and international levels of competition if she is to be declared the international grand prize winner,” McIntosh said.

One international grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash award of US$5,000, plus a trip for the winner and two family members to a special award ceremony. The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of US$500.

“Our District is cheering for Yaretzi as her poster advances in the competition, and we hope that her vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world,” McIntosh said.

Congratulations to winner Medrano, as well as to Victoria Park from Orchard Hills Middle School in Tustin and Christopher Elizarraras from Washington Middle School in La Habra for receiving Honorable Mention Awards for their artwork.

View past international grand prize winners at Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.35 million members in 210 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and usually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.

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1st Place: Paloma Perez, 8th Grade, Lexington
2nd Place: Daniela Gastelum, 8th Grade, Lexington
3rd Place: Brandon Serna, 8th Grade, Lexington
Honorable Mention: Calista Warner, 8th Grade, Lexington
Honorable Mention: Phoenix DeLaPaz, 8th Grade, Lexington
Honorable Mention: Chrystal Barajas, 6th Grade, San Jose
Honorable Mention: Priscilla Cervantes, 8th Grade, Lexington
Honorable Mention: Jacob Quezada, 8th Grade, Lexington

West Garden at Village Academy High School

Creating the West Garden Project at Village Academy High School has been a collaborative effort.

The school’s Civic Action Team had realized the need to improve the appearance of the landscaping on the West side of the school. A math class project joined in and generated ideas for elements to include in the project. When beloved math teacher, Keith Browning, unexpectedly died in February 2018, the Civic Action Team decided to create the final design to reflect his love of geometry. Squares, parallel lines, 45 degree angles, bilateral symmetry--all are represented.
Plant materials were purchased with grant funds from The Water Education Water Awareness Committee (WEWAC). Old shrubbery was removed by a team of students and teachers, with help from the Clean Up crew of Pomona Councilwoman Elizabeth Ontiveros-Cole. Debra Martin of Pomona donated numerous succulents. The Pomona Rotary Club donated and planted two Carrotwood trees. On Thursday, October 17, 2019 Phase 1 of the West Garden Project was dedicated in honor of Mr. Browning.
The Civic Action Team wrote and received a second EdBucks grant from WEWAC for Phase 2 of the West Garden Project to replant the adjacent area. However, the project was put on hold for more than a year due to the school transitioning to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Once school resumed live, a team of students from the JOI/Interact Club, as well as teachers, worked together to complete the installation of Phase 2 on November 13, 2021.
The West Garden project at Village Academy High School has truly been a collaborative effort.

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