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Record Number: 4612
Displayed from: Dec 18, 2008 , until: Jan 18, 2009
The Fort Wayne Task Force for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) announced today that Ma June, a fourth-grader at Fairfield Elementary School, was selected as the winner of NCMEC's National Coloring/Art Contest. Elementary school students from across the country had an opportunity to compete in the contest as a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month in October. More than 300 entries, including those from students at Fairfield and Abbett Elementary schools, were submitted to NCMEC's External Affairs Department in Washington, D.C. In a tiered judging process, three winners were chosen with Ma June receiving first place. Ma will receive award prizes from NCMEC, included having her artwork framed and matted, as well as letters of recognition from NCMEC and the City of Fort Wayne. Ma's artwork will appear on posters, postcards, bookmarks and other printed and electronic publications for NCMEC for the next year. These materials will be distributed across the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico in the organization's ongoing efforts to promote child safety education and prevention awareness. Fort Wayne Community Schools officials, Mayor Tom Henry, FBI officials and Fort Wayne Task Force members honored Ma for her outstanding work at press conference and school assembly.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.