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Kloe Soderberg, a 5th Grader at St. Joseph Catholic Academy in Kenosha,
Is This Year’s Winner
KENOSHA — 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 Kloe Soderberg, a fifth grade student at St. Joseph Catholic Academy in Kenosha, where she was recognized this afternoon during a ceremony.
Attorney General Van Hollen, along with Principal Kerstin Santarelli, Academy President Robert Freund, teachers, students, Kenosha Mayor Keith G. Bosman and members of local law enforcement joined Kloe and her family as she accepted the award certificate and framed poster. Kloe also received a Barnes & Noble gift certificate. A photo from the ceremony is available here.
“I congratulate Kloe and all of the students across Wisconsin who created artwork for this year’s contest,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “Child safety is a top priority at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, and I’m thankful to the many teachers, parents, caregivers and others who take this opportunity every year to engage their young people in this important conversation about personal safety, whether they’re in the neighborhood park or at home on their computer.”
With her poster winning the statewide contest, Kloe’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 St. Joseph Catholic Academy with a Child Identification Kit as well as child safety and Internet safety information. 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.