Michigan Student Wins National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest

Contact: Ms. Jolene Hardesty, Missing Children’s Clearinghouse Manager, 517-582-1154

April 19, 2018

The Michigan State Police Missing Persons Coordination Unit is pleased to announce that a Michigan student has been named the overall winner of the 2018 National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest.

Eden Hoffmann of Clinton Township, a fifth-grade student at Huron Elementary, will receive a free trip to Washington D.C. during the week of May 21 to participate in the National Missing Children’s Day commemoration. Eden’s artwork will be featured as the 2018 National Missing Children’s Day poster.

Hoffman was first chosen as the Michigan winner and moved on to compete against students from 37 other states. In total, more than 2,000 students entered the contest.

The annual contest creates an opportunity to promote child safety while discussing the issue of missing and/or exploited children. More than 1,000 children are reported missing each week in Michigan.

This is the second time a Michigan student has received the top honor. Sydney Kekel of Grand Blanc was named the national winner in 2015.