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2020 Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest

January 2, 2020

The Utah Attorney General’s Office invites fifth graders to participate in the 2020 National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest.

The National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest is a nationwide contest hosted by the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention, designed to promote awareness among teachers, parents/guardians, and children and engage them in discussions about safety.

The Utah Attorney General’s Office will select a winner on the state level who will be honored in a ceremony with Attorney General Sean D. Reyes and will receive a certificate from the Department of Justice. Their poster will then be submitted to the national judging competition.

The national winner will win a trip for themselves, their parents, and their teacher to Washington, D.C. to be honored at the National Missing Children‛s Day Ceremony on May 20, 2020.

Contest Rules

  1. Applicants must be in the fifth grade.
  2. Artwork should reflect the theme “Bringing Our Missing Children Home”. This phrase must appear somewhere on the poster.
  3. The theme may be depicted in the student‛s artwork through one, or a combination of, illustrations (e.g., signs and symbols, people, abstract, industry, wildlife) and can be created using media such as acrylics, watercolor, pencils, charcoal, magic markers, spray paint, crayons, and pastels. Digitally produced images, collages, cut-outs, and stamping will not be eligible for consideration.
  4. The finished poster must measure 8½ x 14 inches.
  5. The poster must be submitted with a completed application, which includes a description of the poster and a brief biography of the artist, either typed or written legibly.

Judging Criteria:

  1. Complete contest rules must be followed at all levels of the competition. Incomplete packages and incorrectly sized posters will not be eligible for judging.
  2. Artwork will be judged on:
    a. Creativity
    b. Reflection of the contest theme
    c. Originality in design
  3. Written applications will be judged on:
    a. Comprehension of the theme
    b. Clarity
    c. Grammar and syntax appropriate to the fifth-grade level

To participate, posters should be mailed or dropped off to:

Utah Attorney General’s Office
Attn: Michelle Busch-Upwall
5272 College Dr., Ste. 200
Murray, UT 84123

All entries from the State of Utah must be submitted to the address above by February 21, 2020.

The application can be found below:

The contest packet, including contact information and fact sheet, can be found here:

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