MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is proud to announce that this year’s winner of the Wisconsin Missing Children’s Day poster competition is Gabriella Horman, a fifth grade student at Bangor Elementary School in Bangor, WI, where she was recognized this afternoon during a ceremony.
Attorney General Van Hollen, along with Bangor Elementary School Principal Jac Lyga, teachers and district leaders, Village of Bangor Police Chief Scott K. Alo and officers from the police department, Onalaska Police Chief Jeffrey S. Trotnic and other local officials, joined Gabriella and her family as she accepted the award certificate. Gabriella also received a Barnes & Noble gift certificate and a framed poster.
“I congratulate Gabriella and all of the young people who took part in this year’s contest,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “Protecting children is one of our top priorities at the Department of Justice, and part of that mission is educating kids – and their parents. I’m thankful to the many teachers, parents, caregivers and others who take the time every year to participate in this activity and help educate our young people about their personal safety.”
With her poster winning the statewide contest, Gabriella’s creation represented Wisconsin in the national competition. The winner of the national contest will go to Washington, DC, later this month to attend the annual National Missing Children’s Day Ceremony and to accept a certificate and U.S. savings bond.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) also provided each student at Bangor Elementary School with a Child Identification Kit. Wisconsin’s Clearinghouse for Missing & Exploited Children & Adults develops and coordinates the process for the statewide poster competition. Each state’s Missing Children Clearinghouse submits the single winning state poster to the U.S. Department of Justice for final judging. One national poster contest winner is selected for the trip to Washington, DC.