Lions Club Story of the Week: Visually Impaired Girl from U.S. Wins Essay Contest

This year, we introduced a new initiative – the Lions International Essay Contest. This contest gives visually impaired 11-, 12- and 13-year-old students a chance to share their thoughts about peace.

We’re pleased to announce that this year’s grand prize winner is Amy Elizabeth Bosko, a 12-year-old girl from Lisle, Illinois, USA. Judges chose Amy’s essay for its artistic merit and portrayal of the theme, “Power of Peace.” In her essay, Amy wrote, “I am blind. However, I have senses that make me see a clear vision for world peace. I can hear the laughter of families floating across the borders of all countries. Laughter and communication skills are universal languages.”

As the grand prize winner, Amy receives an award and a check for US$5,000. The club president and members of the Villa Park Lions Club, which sponsored Amy’s entry in the Essay Contest, recently presented the prize to her.

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations Amy! You are a wonderful girl.

  • David Lisle

    Outstanding Amy, young people like you are what our next generation of leaders will be coming from. We Lions appreciate your work and know you will go far in your future.

    Lion President, David Lisle, Nob Hill Lions, Colorado Springs, Colorado

  • Anonymous

    Amy, you have a clear vision of what could be. Congratulations.

    Kay Coffey (Hardin Lions Club – Hardin, TX)

  • Md. Ahsan

    Congratulation to Amy. It’s a great achievement. It will inspire to others to be an Amy in future.
    Thanks to the all members of sponsoring Lions Club.
    Sweet Amy … you did a great, join this world as Leo.
    Ln. Md. Ahsan, Leo Club Advisor, Lions Club Of Chittagong Karnaphuli, And Region Chairperson of Lions Clubs International, Dist315 B4, Bangladesh.

  • Anonymous

    Well done Amy. You are an inspiration to us all.
    Marion, Swords Lions Club, Dublin, Ireland

  • Thank You

    May today’s success be the beginning of tomorrow’s achievements. Congratulations!

    President and members of
    Colombo Metro City Lions Club
    District 306 B2
    Sri Lanka

  • Barbara Krumvieda

    Great job, Amy! Keep up the good work and outstanding thoughts. Barbara Krumvieda

  • Rosemary Biseko

    Congratulation Amy, your essay has really inspired me.
    Being disabled does not prevent anybody from helping the world come together for peace. Keep it up.


  • Charles Hartwig

    Way to go, Amy!!

    Charles Hartwig
    Jonesboro [Arkansas] University Heights Lions Club


    It is a great achievement Amy. To me you are not blind. Your intellectual vision and the capacity of thinking is much broader than a person with a healthy sight.

    It is a great concept that you have declared “laughter and communication skills are universal languages.”

    I wish you a great future with a lots of happiness.

  • George W. Drance

    Thank you, Amy, for helping us to see ways to Peace that some of us with eyesight, could not see.
    Lion George W. Drance, Melville Lions Club, Melville, NY

  • Anonymous

    At first Congratulation to lovely girl Amy. Thanks to the organizer to organise such type of competition.

  • What a wonderful soul behind those blind eyes, sweet Amy!!!

  • Lion Safoa (Kumasi Garden City Lions Club – KNUST GHANA)

    Congratulations Amy.