Second place winner-Teska Raducanu, Balboa Middle School Art Teacher- Ms. Lena Layman, VDLC President- Maya Zumaya, First place winner Gillian Lee and Peace Poster Committee Chair – Janie Tran.
by Janie Tran
“Ventura Downtown Lions Club kindles the spirit of creativity and peace, presenting a $360 check to Balboa Middle School’s dedicated art teacher, Ms. Lena Layman. Amidst the theme ‘Dare to Dream’ in the Lions International Peace Poster Contest, Balboa Middle School not only answered the call but delivered 8 outstanding entries, propelling Gillian Lee to 1st place with a $150 prize and Teska Raducanu to 2nd place with a $50 award. Ms. Lena Layman received $100 for her inspirational guidance, while the remaining 6 participants were rewarded with $10 gift cards each.
Adding a delightful touch to their triumph, winners Gillian and Teska, along with their families, were treated to a celebratory dinner during the club’s monthly evening meeting at Black Bear Diner. As their winning poster advances to the district level, Ventura Downtown Lions Club takes pride in championing art education in our vibrant local community.”