Montana’s 2018 Missing Children Poster Contest winner announced

The 2018 winner of the Montana Bring Our Missing Children Home poster contest, created by Kali Hubbard, a fifth-grader at Gardiner Public Schools.

Poster image courtesy of Montana Department of Justice

On Monday, Attorney General Tim Fox and Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen announced Kali Hubbard, a fifth-grader in Ms. Jeanne Johnson’s class at Gardiner Public Schools, is the 2018 winner of the Montana Bring 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. Kali’s poster reflects a brightly colored photo album, filled with pictures of a happy family. There is one empty spot, symbolizing the absence of a missing child. The last photo to be added to the album shows the family joyfully reuniting. For her winning entry, Kali will receive a $100 cash prize and her poster will be submitted to the national contest. Kali and her class will travel to Helena in April for an award presentation with Fox and Arntzen.

“This program allows Montana fifth-graders to compete in state and national poster contests while giving schools the opportunity to teach students about personal safety,” said Fox. “It’s an honor to submit Kali’s poster to the national Missing Children’s Day Poster contest. Her colorful artwork reminds us all how important it is to talk to our children about ways to be safe in today’s world, particularly on-line.” There are currently 57 missing schoolaged children in Montana.

“I want to congratulate Kali for this award and also thank her and Ms. Johnson for their participation in this important cause,” Arntzen said Monday. “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.”

Honorable mention went to Helena’s McKenna Dudley, a fifth-grader in Ms. Paula Hovley’s class at Broadwater Elementary. McKenna’s poster can be seen here: https://dojmt.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018-MT-MCPCRunner-Up.jpg.

This is the 10th time Montana has participated in the annual national Bring Our Missing Children Home poster contest. Kali and McKenna’s posters can also be seen on Montana Department of Justice Missing Persons website at www.dojmt.gov/missing-persons. This website provides information on Montana’s AMBER Alert and Missing Persons programs, which are operated by the Division of Criminal Investigation at the Montana Department of Justice.

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