Project Safe Place Poster/Billboard Winner Announced

by Joy Coordinator

Children’s Bureau, Inc. and Rowdie, the mascot of the Indianapolis Indians, honored this year’s winners of the Project Safe Place Poster/Billboard Contest on Friday, Jan. 24 at the Gene Glick Family Support Center.

The winning posters from all participating schools were on display in a “follow the Safe Place road” themed event. Each winner received $25 and was invited to bring his or her family for lunch and festivities.

Judges chose Ramiro Martinez’s poster as the grand prize winner to be featured on 20 billboards across Marion County. Martinez is an 8th grader at Southport Middle School. Lauryn Hunter of Northview Middle School placed second and Yuke Yu of Southport Middle School came in third.

Judging the contest were Clear Channel Communication’s Hannah Guess, the Indiana Youth Services Association’s Robin Donaldson, and Children’s Bureau Auxiliary President Judi McKamey. Indianapolis Indians’ mascot Rowdie Bear kept things lively, interacting with the children throughout the event and posing for photos.

Project Safe Place provides help for children in Marion County who are in crisis or potential crisis situations and who may require counseling or shelter care.

See photos of all the winners in our Facebook album. The following is a complete list of finalists from this year’s contest:

Alexander Abatayo, 7th grade, Cardinal Ritter Junior High
Grady Brown, 6th grade, St. Roch Catholic School
Sergio Calleja, 8th grade, Crispus Attucks
Jasmine Carr, 8th grade, Southport Middle School
Keondre’ Davidson, 6th grade, Shortridge Middle School
Pow Law Eh, 8th grade, Northview Middle School
Mayte Flores, 8th grade, Crispus Attucks
Joe Gibson, 6th grade, St. Roch Catholic School
Evan Grady, 7th grade, Cardinal Ritter Junior High
Lauryn Hunter, 8th grade, Northview Middle School
David Jones, 8th grade, Crispus Attucks
Ramiro Martinez, 8th grade, Southport Middle School
Olivia Noone, 6th grade, St. Roch Catholic School
Ralph Penafiel, 7th grade, Cardinal Ritter Junior High
Natalie Romo, 7th grade, Crispus Attucks
Lal Rem Sanga, 8th grade, Southport Middle School
Lal Thang, 8th grade, Southport Middle School
Kiara Watkins, 7th grade, Shortridge Middle School
Grace Wicker, 6th grade, Shortridge Middle School
Barbara Young, 6th grade, Crispus Attucks
Yuke Yu, 8th grade, Southport Middle School