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Zebulon Student Wins Senior Category in 2013 N.C. Aviation Art Contest

Two Raleigh students also eligible for national, international recognition

RALEIGH -Three Wake County Public School System students were among the top finishers in their categories in the N.C. Department of Transportation's Division of Aviation's 2013 North Carolina Aviation Art Contest.

Muhammad Ibrahim, 14, a student at Zebulon GT Magnet Middle School, won the Senior category for students ages 14 to 17 with his watercolor painting of a hang glider soaring over the Cape Hatteras lighthouse. Lilly Aleman, 8, and C.J. Weaver, 9, both students at of Pleasant Union Elementary School in Raleigh, finished first and second respectively in the Junior Category (ages 6 to 9). Aleman painted an image of a flying hot air balloon, while Weaver painted an image of a flying car.

The three paintings are among seven that will represent North Carolina in the national aviation art contest sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautic University of Prescott, Ariz., the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education. The national winners will advance to the international competition sponsored by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale, which was established in 1905 to promote air sports.

The top finishers advancing to the nationals in each category, with their ages and schools, are:


  1. Lilly Aleman, 8, Pleasant Union Elementary School, Raleigh
  2. C.J. Weaver, 9, Pleasant Union Elementary School, Raleigh
  3. Slade Keaton, Sharon Elementary School, Statesville


  1. Michaela Danielle Barker, 12, Homeschool student, Grimesland
  2. Alexandra Zubrowicz, 11, Wallace Elementary School, Wallace
  3. Michelle Mixon, 10, Jarvisburg Elementary School, Jarvisburg
  4. Kaeleigh Difloure, 9, Moyock Elementary School, Moyock


  1. Muhammad Ibrahim, 14, Zebulon GT Magnet Middle School, Zebulon

This year's theme was "My Favorite Air Sport," which included activities such as Aerobatics, flying model aircraft, experimental aircraft, ballooning, general aviation, gliding, hang gliding and paragliding, and parachuting. Judges looked for originality, adherence to the theme and overall aesthetics.

For more information regarding the Aviation Art Contest, contact Corbi Bulluck of the Division of Aviation at (919) 814-0550.


2/19/2018 7:51 AM