Evelyn Hinojosa, an eighth-grade student at St. Theresa Middle School, has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a state competition sponsored by the Baton Rouge Southeast Lions Club.

Evelyn’s poster was among more than 375,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 25th annual Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest, a news release from the school states.

Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

“Some things are universal. Let’s make peace one of them,” the 13-year-old from Geismar said.

The poster was selected by Lions District Governors Council for District 8 of Louisiana for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “Imagine Peace.”

The judging was held on Nov. 11 in Opelousas.

Baton Rouge Southeast Lions Club President Wanda Gremillion said she was impressed by Evelyn’s expression and creativity.

“It is obvious that Evelyn has strong ideas about what peace means to her,” Gremillion said. “I’m so proud that we were able to provide her with the opportunity to share her vision.

“Hinojosa’s poster will advance to face stiff competition through the international rounds of competition if she is to be declared the international grand prize winner,” Gremillion said.

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 the 35th annual Lions Day With the United Nations. The 23 merit award winners each will receive a certificate and $500.

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

Evelyn will be honored for her participation by the Baton Rouge Southeast Lions Club in February.