Oakridge student's poster to represent Oregon in national contest

OAKRIDGE, Ore. - Artwork by a 5th grader at Oakridge Elementary School will represent Oregon in the national Missing Children's Day Poster Contest.

In addition to an assembly and a pizza party held for her and about 30 classmates, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber sent a letter congratulating Sierra Cargil on the winning poster.

"Your poster helps spread the word about this serious issue," the governor wrote. "I commend you for doing your part to ensure that people and communities across the state are part of the solution."

Cargil's poster was selected to represent Oregon and had been sent to the Department of Justice for national judging and selection with posters submitted from around the country.

The Missing Children's Day Poster Contest is an annual event for fifth grade students providing an opportunity for schools, law enforcement and other community organizations to engage children and their parents in discussions about child safety, Oregon State Police said.

From left: Sgt. Steve Payne, Sierra Cargil and her father, and Lt. Rob Edwards