2019 Bringing Our Missing Children Home Poster Contest Winner Announced
Attorney General Tim Fox and Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen today announced Quinn Berkram, a fifth-grader in Mrs. Amy Grigoletti’s class at Edgerton Elementary in Kalispell, is the 2019 winner of the Montana Bringing Our Missing Children Home poster contest.
Poster artwork was judged on originality, creativity, use of color and materials, and reflection of the contest’s theme. Written poster applications were judged on the level of understanding of the subject, clarity, and grammar. Quinn’s poster reflects a scene of parents joyfully reuniting with their son under a sky bursting with fireworks. For her winning entry, Quinn received a $100 cash prize presented today by the Montana Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation along with a classroom pizza party. Quinn’s poster has been submitted to the national contest.
“Quinn’s colorful artwork is a moving reminder there are currently 71 missing school-aged children in Montana,” Attorney General Tim Fox said. “It’s also a good prompt for each of us to talk to our children and grandchildren about their personal safety in a variety of situations, whether they’re at school, out in their communities, or online,” Fox added.
State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen said, “Congratulations to Quinn and thank you for your participation in this important cause. We have too many precious Montana children missing. I am honored to work with Attorney General Tim Fox to raise awareness of this problem and bring these kids home. The Missing Children’s Poster Contest is one important way to raise awareness in communities across our state.”
This is the eleventh time Montana has participated in the annual Bringing Our Missing Children Home national poster contest, which allows Montana fifth-graders to compete at the state and national levels while giving their schools an opportunity to teach students about personal safety. The Montana Department of Justice Missing Persons Clearinghouse website provides information on Montana’s AMBER Alert and Missing Persons programs, which are operated by the agency’s Division of Criminal Investigation.