Rutledge Announces Child Safety Poster Contest Winners

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March 17, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the winners of the 2016 Child Safety Poster Contest at a ceremony last night. The theme of the contest, sponsored by the Attorney General’s office, was Bring Our Missing Children Home.

“I want to thank all of the students, families and teachers who participated and congratulate the poster contest winners from Cabot, Little Rock, Mena and Pine Bluff,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I appreciate the safety discussions this contest created across the State. More than 500 entries were received and these creative students did an excellent job highlighting this year’s theme. I am extremely impressed by the talent of our young Arkansans.”

Attorney General Rutledge also extended her appreciation to the contest judges: Melinda Faubel with AT&T, Cynthia Haas with the Arkansas Arts Council and Paul Leopoulos with the Thea Foundation. AT&T helped sponsor the contest, and the Thea Foundation hosted the awards ceremony.

2016 winners:

Kindergarten

  • Brookelynn Anders, Edgewood Elementary School (Pine Bluff), 1st Place
  • Jeimy Garcia, Edgewood Elementary School (Pine Bluff), 2nd Place
  • Ja’Breya Spellman, Edgewood Elementary School (Pine Bluff),  3rd Place

1st Grade

  • Ryan Howard, Edgewood Elementary School (Pine Bluff), 1st Place
  • Za’Miyah Litzsey, Edgewood Elementary School (Pine Bluff), 2nd Place
  • Elijah Watson, Edgewood Elementary School (Pine Bluff), 3rd Place

2nd Grade

  • Pablo Vazquez, Carver Magnet Elementary School (Little Rock), 1st Place

3rd Grade

  • Burcu Karabacak, Carver Magnet Elementary School (Little Rock), 1st Place
  • Addison Thomas, Holly Harshman Elementary School (Mena), 2nd Place
  • McKenzie Knighten, Holly Harshman Elementary School (Mena), 3rd Place
  • Avalyn Sexton, Holly Harshman Elementary School (Mena), 3rd Place

4th Grade

  • Hailey Emerson, Holly Harshman Elementary School (Mena), 1st Place
  • Myla Nelms, Western Hills Elementary School (Little Rock), 2nd Place
  • Psalm Wistrand, Pulaski Heights Elementary School (Little Rock), 3rd Place

5th Grade

  • Mason Smith, Cabot Middle School North (Cabot), 1st Place
  • Layla Sessler, Holly Harshman Elementary School (Mena), 2nd Place
  • Emma Johnson, Holly Harshman Elementary School (Mena), 3rd Place

The winning fifth grade poster, submitted by Mason Smith, will be entered into the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest, hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

About Attorney General Leslie Rutledge

Leslie Carol Rutledge is the 56th Attorney General of Arkansas. Elected on Nov. 4, 2014, she is the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history to be elected to the office.

Rutledge, a native of Batesville, Arkansas, is a graduate of Southside High School, the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. She began her legal career as Clerk for Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Josephine Hart, now Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. She was appointed Deputy Counsel for Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and later served as Legal Counsel on the Mike Huckabee for President Campaign. She served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Lonoke County and in subsequent service as Attorney for the State of Arkansas’s Division of Children and Family Services. She also served as Deputy Counsel at the National Republican Congressional Committee before joining the Republican National Committee as Counsel. Prior to her election as Attorney General, she founded and practiced law at The Rutledge Firm, PLLC. Rutledge lives in Little Rock.

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