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Missing Children's Poster Contest Winners
Updated May 9, 2017 6:47 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - In 1983, May 25th was proclaimed National Missing Children's Day. Every year, the U.S. Department of Justice sponsors a Missing Children's Poster contest for fifth graders across the United States. The theme of the contest is "Bringing Our Missing Children Home".

There were over 80 posters submitted in the state for this year's contest. Although Indiana did not have the national winner, personnel from the Clearinghouse visited the schools this week of the top three posters in Indiana and presented the participants with certificates and fellowship. This commemoration could not happen without the dedication of the schools, teachers, faculty members, and students.

The top three winners in Indiana were:

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1st Place - Gabriela Murphy, Wheeler-Dowe Boys & Girls Club, Indianapolis, IN

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2nd Place - Hilde Niehus, Merle Sidener Gifted Academy, Indianapolis, IN

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3rd Place - Addi Shockley, Boys & Girls Club of Franklin, Franklin, IN

The Indiana Department of Education and Indiana State Police - Indiana Clearinghouse for Information on Missing Children & Missing Endangered Adults coordinate the contest within the State of Indiana. The contest provides an opportunity for schools, law enforcement, and parents/guardians to discuss and promote child safety. Information for next year's contest will be sent to all schools later this year.

To learn more about the National Missing Children's Day Poster contest visit:

If ever a child goes missing, contact your local police department or dial 9-1-1. It is also a good idea to keep an updated picture or cell phone image, and a DNA sample from your child. For more safety and prevention tips please visit

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