November 28, 2009


While students in Germany celebrated the 20th anniversary of the destruction of the Berlin Wall, Burbank students were sharing their images of world peace as part of the Burbank Noon Lions International Peace Poster Contest award ceremony.

The 14th annual contest is open to middle school students, and those selected were from John Muir, Jordan and Luther Burbank middle schools along with middle school students at the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank.


Winners are Tamara Chehata, Boys and Girls Club of Burbank; Bryan de Leon, Jordan Middle School; David Faizi, Muir Middle School; and Cody Williams, Luther Burbank Middle School

They were honored recently during the ceremony at the Burbank Central Library. Teachers, principals, parents and siblings participated. Lion Bud Alleman, president of the Burbank Noon Lions, served as master of ceremonies, and was joined by Mayor Gary Bric who joined in the festivities.

“The Power of Peace” is the theme for the 2009 International Peace Poster contest and is part of the first level of competition. The Peace Poster contest was established by Lions Clubs International to promote the awareness of world peace internationally, among youth.

The Peace Poster contest gives the young artists the opportunity to reflect on their ideas of peace and lay their creative thoughts to paper, organizers said.

Charles Zembellis, founder of the Animation Academy of Burbank, presented copies of his book on the art of animation and offered a scholarship for a basic drawing class at the school. Students each received a $50 saving bond from the Burbank Noon Lions club, along with commendations from the office of Sen. Carol Liu, Supervisor Mike Antonovich and Assemblyman Paul Krekorian.

Winners of this competition have the opportunity to proceed to the next level. After all judging around the world, there will be 23 Merit winners (receiving $500) and One Top winner, receiving $2,500 and a trip to the United Nations in New York City.

Marva Murphy served as chairwoman again for the project, which was initiated by her.

All of the entries will be on display in the Burbank Central Library Children’s Department until January.

Locally, business men and women make up the Burbank club membership and have been responsible for numerous projects in connection with sight preservation, including eyeglass recycling, free eyeglasses and hearing aids for qualifying, low income Burbank residents.

Meetings are the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at the Holiday Inn, 150 Angeleno Ave. For membership information, visit www. or call (818) 955-8018.

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