Pictured are Valley View Elementary School fifth-grade student Anika Tavarez, left, and teacher Jennifer Johnson. Tavarez won the New Mexico National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest. (Courtesy Photo)
A Valley View Elementary School student has won a statewide poster contest with her artwork.
New Mexico students participated in the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest. This contest consisted of hand drawn posters by fifth-grade students across the state.
The winner, fifth-grader Anika Tavarez, was honored on Tuesday with her award and a pizza party, courtesy of Domino’s Pizza, said Sgt. Damyan Brown, public information officer for the New Mexico State Police.
Tavarez is a student in Jennifer Johnson’s class at Valley View Elementary School in Roswell.
The annual contest creates an opportunity for schools, law enforcement, and other child advocates to discuss the issue of missing and/or exploited children with children, parents, and guardians and to promote child safety.
Students from around the state submitted hand drawn posters, and Tavarez’s was selected as the winner, Brown said. Now, she will be entered into the national contest and if she wins that, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention will invite her to Washington, D.C., to participate in the National Missing Children’s Day commemoration in May, along with her parents and teacher.