Four students were honored Wednesday for their thoughts on peace, and the way they encourage others to think about it, too. The Hermiston Lions Club recognized the local entrants of the Lions Club Peace Poster contest: four students from Armand Larive and Sandstone middle schools. Students were asked to depict the theme “the future of peace.”

Jose Muniz, Moises Reyes Purcell, Robby Shea and Amy Wooster were invited, along with their families, to the Lions’ meeting where they were treated to lunch and got to display their posters for the club members. Each student received a certificate for their participation.

Wooster’s poster was the winning piece, and will now be submitted to the multi-district competition. She received $25 for her win.

Lions President Pro Tempore Charlie Clupny said the contest has local, state, national and international levels. The winner of the international contest is invited with their family to accept the award with the United Nations.

“Our dream is that one day we hear that one of our entries had made it to the international competition,” Clupny said.

Wooster’s drawing, done in colored pencil, depicted a missile turning into a dove.

Wooster, a seventh-grader at Sandstone Middle School, said the piece took her a few weekends of work. This is her second year entering the contest.

She said she was happy to move on to the next round.

“I don’t know if I’ll win, but it’s fun,” she said.

Wooster’s parents, Sandy DeBano and David Wooster, said the whole family enjoyed thinking up potential ideas for posters, but this one was Amy’s.

“We wish there was an adult contest,” DeBano said.

The Lions Club also honored two community organizations and awarded them with donations from a recent auction. The Blue Mountain Community College Foundation received $11,068 from the Lions Club to be used for the Precision Irrigated Agricultural Center.

The Lions also donated $500 to Made to Thrive, a local organization that funds activities for students whose families can’t afford them, such as sports and music. The program is tailored to each student and more than 300 kids in the community have participated in the program.

The donation was from the Don Horneck Memorial Fund. Horneck was an agronomist who worked at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center. He passed away unexpectedly in 2014 at age 56.

Phil Hamm, a Lion’s Club member, said a scholarship to help an Oregon State University agronomy student was set up in Horneck’s name after his passing. The scholarship is now worth more than $100,000, Hamm said.


Contact Jayati Ramakrishnan at 541-564-4534 or

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