SAUK RAPIDS - A seventh-grader from Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School has received a special international honor.

Claire Maurus is one of only 23 students to be named an "International Merit Winner" for the Lions International Peace Poster Contest.

The art contest encourages kids worldwide to express their visions of peace.

For more than 25 years, millions of kids from nearly 100 countries have participated in the contest through Lions Clubs International.

This year's theme was "Our World, Our Future".