Hudson Middle School eighth-grader Neve Pechacek, won the local competition of the International Peace Poster Contest sponsored by the Hudson Lions Club. His art will now advance to the next round of district competition and could eventually be part of world competition.

Pechacek's poster was among more than 375,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 23rd annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. The contest's purpose is to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

The Hudson poster will advance through judging at district, multiple district and international rounds of competition. One grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash award of $5,000, plus a trip for the winner and two family members to the awards ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations. The 23 merit awards winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.

Past international grand prize and merit award winners can be viewed at