NASHVILLE – Today, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced 10-year-old Khushi Patel as the winner of the state’s 2017 Missing Children’s Poster Contest. Her entry, chosen from dozens of submissions, has already been submitted to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) poster contest representing of the State of Tennessee in the national competition. Khushi is a 5th grader at Farmington Elementary School in Germantown.

The judges chose Khushi’s artwork because of how she clearly demonstrated the theme “Bring Our Missing Children Home.” The avid young artist chose a maze theme to symbolize the complex struggle of helping missing children. The 10-year-old has already won several other poster contests and, in her application, wrote she hopes her art “convey[s] good messages to the world.”

The U.S. Department of Justice, through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Child Protection Division, sponsors the annual poster contest for 5th grade students to develop artwork to represent America’s united goal to bring missing children home safely. As the clearinghouse for missing children in the State of Tennessee, TBI sponsored the contest at the state level.

Each year, more than 1.3 million children are reported missing in the country. The U.S. Department of Justice takes time to commemorate the valiant and unselfish acts of the many organizations and individuals who bring our missing children home. The winning artwork will be unveiled at the National Missing Children’s Day ceremony, to be held in May. The national winner will win a trip to travel with his or her parents to Washington, D.C. to participate in the ceremony, as well as a certificate and a U.S. savings bond.