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United States Attorney's Office

Third Annual
Billboard Art Contest

The artist of the winning billboard will have his or her art work displayed on a billboard for an entire month beginning in mid-April.

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Contest Information:

• The contest is open to every student in grades 6-12.

• Staple registration form to the lower right hand corner of the back of the entry. In the event you submit your artwork in JPG by email, you can fax, email, or mail your completed registration form.

• Artwork must be received at the United States Attorney’s Office in Kansas City, Missouri on or before the close of business on Monday, April 30, 2007.

• Note: No entries will be accepted after this date.

• The theme this year is: “Make the Right Choice – Say ‘No’ to Gangs.” The artwork must promote and encourage youth to avoid gang involvement. For example, the artwork show there is no future in being a gang member.

• The artwork can include: words, but if done so, use no more than ten (10) words; discouragement of youth from joining gangs; discouragement of youth who are involved in gangs; the dangers and consequences of gang involvement; images related to the negative impact of gang presence in the schools and/or communities; or original designs that encourage young people to choose better, more productive alternatives over gangs.

• Artwork must be original work from the student. Please do NOT send any artwork that uses trademarked images (e.g., Disney characters, etc.). If the artwork includes the image of a friend or family member, a signed release form, consenting to the use of their image(s) must accompany the artwork.

• Questions regarding this contest should be directed to Assistant United States Attorney Rudy Rhodes at 816-426-2771.

• Guidelines for a Good Billboard
1. Make sure that you get your message across to the viewer so that it is clearly understood. Don’t try to say too many different things. One strong, clear message.
2. Make sure that all images and drawings help to get your point across to the person that is seeing the billboard.
3. Bright and vivid colors work best because they draw attention to the billboard.
4. Are the letters (type) big and bold enough to be seen clearly?

• Artwork may be sent to the United States Attorney’s Office on paper, or scanned and sent in JPG format. Also acceptable are graphically designed images in JPG format.

• Dimensions: Paper entries: 8.5" x 11", Max 11" x 17".

• Entries must be mailed or hand-delivered to:
United States Attorney’s Office
Attention: Rudy Rhodes
400 East 9th Street, Suite 5510
Kansas City, Missouri 64106

Digital art: Send JPGs to

Fax: (816) 426-7080


2006 Billboard Art Contest

Billboard Contest Winner

Billboard Contest Winner

Billboard Contest Winner

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that three students have their original artwork displayed on local billboards as the winners of the annual Billboard Art Contest.

“The billboard art contest is an attempt to engage youth as part of the solution to gun violence among their peers,” Schlozman said. “Break the Code of Silence was the theme for this second year of the contest – emphasizing that victims of, and witnesses to, gun crimes must come forward.”

Students in grades 6 through 12 were invited to participate and one winner was selected from each of three jurisdictions. The winners were Darryl Riddle, a senior at Raytown High School; Brian Miller, a sophomore at Oak Park High School; and Dylan Herrington, an eighth grade student at Osage Trail Middle School. Each winner has his design placed on a billboard owned by Lamar Advertising of Kansas City for the entire month of May.

The annual billboard art contest is part of Project Sentry, a crime-prevention program that enables the U.S. Attorney's Office to expand its primary and traditional prosecutorial role in the community by reaching out to youth in an effort to deter gun crime and promote school safety.

In 2005, Kansas City experienced a rise in the murder rate, many of which were gun-related homicides. “Law enforcement authorities need the public’s assistance in solving these murders,” Schlozman said. “Likewise, school officials need to know if there is any danger in their school. We wanted to emphasize citizenship by encouraging youth to first think about the issue and then craft a message aimed at their peers about notifying authorities of any guns at schools or gun-crime incidents. Hopefully, if they ever witness a crime, they will notify the local law enforcement.”

Updated January 7, 2015

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