A Flushing student’s artwork will represent New York in a national poster contest sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Talented 10-year-old Karen Lin, who attends P.S. 20 John Bowne Elementary, submitted the winning entry to this year’s Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest. Her artwork was chosen out of 100 entries from New York students looking to represent the state in the national contest.
“We all need to know that we’ll never forget our loved ones,” Lin wrote in a description of her poster.
The winner of the national competition will be announced next month. The top student poster will be used to promote this year’s National Missing Children’s Day, which is marked annually on May 25.
The competition is designed to raise awareness and educate the public about unresolved missing children cases. In 2016, there were 18,417 children reported missing across New York State. While many of these cases were resolved in an average time of seven days, 2,401 missing children cases remain unresolved.
Lin’s poster was unanimously selected as New York’s winner by a panel of three judges: Division of Criminal Justice Services executive deputy commissioner Michael C. Green, Megan Craft, a detective with the Albany Police Department and Matt Frear, whose teenage brother Craig disappeared in 2004.
“All of these young artists put forward a remarkable level of creativity and contemplation in their entries to this year’s contest,” Green said. “This was a very tough decision for us to make and all of these young students should be commended for their efforts to raise awareness for this worthy cause.”
Melody Jiang, a student at P.S. 877 in Elmhurst, took third place in the contest.
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