By: Ryan Lothspeich
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A fifth grader from Hawaii was honored this week for her artwork in the nationwide "Bring Our Missing Children Home" poster competition. Sophia Stark tied for first-runner up against 66 poster entries, including 34 from Hawaii.
Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui spoke about the local importance of the campaign as he awarded Stark with a Certificate of Commendation for her efforts.
"In Hawaii, there are more than 3,000 children that go missing or run away each year. This contest raises awareness on this important issue and reminds us to continue the work in making families whole again," said Tsutsui.
In 1983 President Ronald Reagan declared May 25th National Missing Children's Day, bringing awareness to child safety and missing children. The contest was created by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), under the U.S. Department of Justice.
"I feel really proud of myself for winning such an important contest. This was such a great opportunity for me, and I feel really excited about winning," said Stark.
State Attorney General Doug Chin also presented Stark with a certificate.
"Sophia beat out hundreds of entries with her creative and thoughtful art. We're really proud of her," he said.