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Argo wins T-shirt design contest
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Tristian Argo won a T-shirt design contest for the Children’s Advocacy Center. Pictured, from left, are Van Buren County art teacher Earl Delong, finalist Brianna Kalista-Cooney, Tristian Argo, finalist Aaron Tyler, and Children’s Advocacy Center executive director Sarah Loud.

The Children’s Advocacy Center for the 31st Judicial District is an organization focused on the protection of the youngest citizens of Warren and Van Buren counties.

As a nonprofit organization, the ability to carry out the mission for child abuse prevention is perpetuated by private donations, grants, and fundraising.

This year’s fundraising will include the sale of T-shirts with a specific message: “Stop Ignoring the Signs - Be My Voice When I’m Afraid.”

The winning design was created by Van Buren County’s own Tristian Argo, a ninth-grader. Tristian was announced as the winner by the new executive director of the Children’s Advocacy Center, Sarah Loud. 

“It was not an easy decision as all three final entries were excellent,” said Loud.

Appreciation and acknowledgement of the creativeness of the artwork that was entered was also shared by Rick Perez, board president, and District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis.

Van Buren County art teacher Earl Delong accompanied the students to presentation at the Administration building.

The two other finalists were recognized, 11th-graders Brianna Kalista-Cooney, first runner-up, and Aaron Tyler, second runner-up.

If you are interested in learning more about supporting the mission of the Children’s Advocacy Center by purchasing a T-shirt, contact the office at (931) 507-2386 or visit their website,