Chloe Onorato, a sixth-grade student at Sarah Noble Intermediate School in New Milford, has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist.

The New Milford girl recently won a local competition sponsored by the New Milford Lions Club.

Chloe's poster was among more than 375,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 25th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest.

"Peace is a fragile flower tended by many hands," the 12-year-old said.

The poster was selected Nov. 2 by club members Trish Grinnell and Robert Coppola for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, "Imagine Peace."

New Milford Lions Club President Steve Gallant said he was impressed by the expression and creativity of the students at Sarah Noble Intermediate School.

"It is obvious these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them," he said. "I'm so proud we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions."

Chloe's poster will advance to competition district, multiple district and international rounds of competition. One grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected.

The grand prize will includes a cash award of $5,000, plus a trip for the winner and two family members to the awards ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations.

The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and cash award of $500.

"Our club is cheering for Chloe as her poster advances in the competition," Mr. Gallant said, "and we hope her vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world."

For more information and to view international grand prize and merit award winners, visit