The Hilo Y’s Men and Women Service Club announces that JoAnne Farias, daughter of John and Margaret Farias of Hilo, is first-place winner of the 2013 Hawaii Region Y’s Men International Organization’s “Peace Through My Eyes” poster contest.
Y’s Men is a volunteer service organization that supports the YMCA and other community organizations. Farias is a fifth-grade student at St. Joseph Elementary School and has been enrolled in the Island of Hawaii YMCA Afterschool at St. Joseph since kindergarten.
Her favorite subject in school is math. She enjoys hula, reading, horseback riding and playing AYSO soccer. She will be attending Kamehameha Elementary School Hawaii Campus this fall and said she will miss her friends, the Y staff and “happy times” at the YMCA afterschool program.
JoAnne writes in her narrative, “What Peace Means Through My Eyes:” “The way I see peace through my eyes is the Earth as a heart. The world is all full of good people who are not as good as they could be. The good people must stand up and help the bad people find God in their hearts.”
Bobby Stivers-Apiki, club president, and Lance Niimi, treasurer of the Hilo Y’s Men and Women Service Club, announced the first-place winner of the poster contest and surprised her at the YMCA afterschool program on Friday, May 17.
On May 22, Mrs. Farias, JoAnne and brother John, along with Tia Augustin, the Afterschool site director, attended the club’s awards dinner, where she was presented the first-place cash prize of $50 and the winner’s ribbon.