For the 2017 Aviation Art Contest, participants were asked to create original artworks inspired by the theme "Beyond the Clouds."
The state competition drew 1,007 entries from students representing 144 hometowns and 99 schools. Since 2015, nearly 2,200 students have submitted artwork to the division.
Entries were divided into three age groups. The top three entries in each age group advanced to the national competition by the
National Association of State Aviation Officials in Washington, D.C.
- First Place: Akshara Ananth, 9, Providence Spring Elementary School, Charlotte
- Second Place: Abirami Govindarajan, 10, Providence Spring Elementary School, Charlotte
- Third Place: Avni Choudepally, 7, Cedar Fork Elementary School, Morrisville
- First Place: Anthony Oman, 14, Salem Middle School, Cary
- Second Place: Alyssa Housden, 14, Anne Chesnutt Middle School, Fayetteville
- Third Place: Bobby Carter, 14, Crestdale Middle School, Charlotte
- First Place: Emma Kerns, 17, Liberty Preparatory Christian Academy, Sherrills Ford
- Second Place: Cameron Fitz, 17, Green Hope High School, Cary
- Third Place: Ashley Inman, 15, Lee County High School, Sanford