Memphis Student Wins State Poster Contest

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(Memphis) A Memphis student has won a contest sponsored by The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Tia Shipp, who is 10 years old and a fifth grader at A.B. Hill Elementary school is the winner of the state’s 2012 Missing Children’s Poster Contest.

The poster will now be submitted to the national United States Department of Justice poster contest this spring on behalf of the State of Tennessee.

“Tia’s artwork was chosen by the judges because of how she clearly demonstrated the theme “Bring Our Missing Children Home” and she presented an enthusiastic essay. Tia recognizes that there are missing children around the world, not just in the United States. The 5th grader describes herself as a talented and caring girl who enjoys playing on her school playground. Her art teacher, Mrs. Pauline Williams, inspired Tia to be original and colorful in her poster and to put meaning in her artwork.”

The U.S. Department of Justice, through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Child Protection Division, sponsors an annual Missing Children’s Poster Contest for 5th grade students to develop artwork that will represent America’s united goal to bring missing children home safely.

Each year, more than 1.3 million children are reported missing in the country.

The national winner will win a trip to travel with his/her parents to Washington D.C. to participate in the ceremony as well as certificate and U.S. savings bond.