Evelyn Hinojosa, an eighth-grader at St. Theresa Middle School, was named a finalist in the 25th annual Lions Clubs International Peace Poster Contest.

She was initially the winner of a local competition sponsored by the Baton Rouge Southeast Lions Club.

Lions Clubs International is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Peace Poster contest, which was started to showcase the importance of world peace to young people everywhere. Hinojosa was among more than 400,000 students worldwide, ages 11-13, who submitted posters this year. Entries were judged for originality, artistic merit and portrayal of this year’s contest theme, Imagine Peace.

Hinojosa’s poster advanced through regional competitions, and was judged in the international competition held in January in Chicago, Ill. She was one of 117 entries chosen out of the 400,000 worldwide.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in 207 countries and geographical areas around the world.