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2015 N.C. Aviation Art Contest Winners Announced

Raleigh - More than 549 inspired young artists representing 97 towns and 58 schools across the state submitted their take on the theme "World Air Games" through NCDOT's Division of Aviation's 2015 North Carolina Aviation Art Contest. A judging panel has selected the winning entries, which will advance to compete on the national and international levels.

"This contest is intended to get a younger generation interested in aviation and the important role it plays in our society," said Division of Aviation Director Bobby Walston. "We hope this provided a fun learning experience to each talented student who participated, and we sincerely congratulate the winners."

Students were asked to create a picture that captures the excitement of the World Air Games taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The World Air Games take place over a period of 12 days where spectators enjoy special locations while watching world class competitions and air shows fill the sky in a dazzling display of maneuvers that can only take place above the ground.

All children who live in or attend school in North Carolina were invited to submit their interpretations of this year's theme. The top three entries in each age group have been sent to Washington, D.C. to be judged in the national competition. The artwork of the national winners will be sent to Switzerland to compete in the international competition.

The U.S. portion of the contest is sanctioned by the National Aeronautic Association, managed by the NASAO Center for Aviation Research and Education and sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott, Ken Cook Co., the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education with additional support from NASAO members.

Judges looked for originality, adherence to the theme and overall aesthetics. Judges took into consideration the artist's creative use of this year's theme in relation to the aviation world. This year's finalist judges were:

Kristy Smith -local artist who has worked at Raleigh's Contemporary Art Museum and with art galleries in New York, Miami and Tucson

Elizabeth Grimes-Droessler -Senior Director for Arts Education for the Wake County Public School System

Jill Flink -licensed pilot, well-known Raleigh art patron and owner of Jill Flink Fine Arts which opened in 1968

Amy Sawyer -local artist, currently working for the NC Department of Cultural Resources whose work has been featured at the NC Museum of Natural Science

DJ Griffin -NCDOT Engineering Technician and aerial photographer with a Bachelor in Fine Arts college degree

Hannah Brodie -local artist and Exhibit Technician / Graphic Designer at NC Division of State Historical Sites

Click here to view our photo gallery of the winning entries.

The top finishers in each category, with their schools, are:


First: Marissa France
Hometown: Winston-Salem
Age: 9
School: Clemmons Elementary School, Clemmons, NC

Second: Serena Halawani
Hometown: Waxhaw
Age: 8
School: Kensington Elementary School, Waxhaw, NC

Third: Matthew Piner
Hometown: Winterville
Age: 9
School: Chicod Elementary School, Greenviille, NC


First:  Noah Pearson
Hometown:  Banner Elk
Age:  13
School:  Valle Crucis Elementary School, Sugar Grove, NC

Second:  Angel Krastev
Hometown:  High Point
Age:  12
School:  Jamestown Middle School, Greensboro, NC

Third:  Ayush Lamsal
Hometown:  New Bern
Age:  11
School:  Arendell Parrot Academy, Kinston, NC


First:  Maria Young
Hometown:  Clayton
Age:  16
School:  Corinth Holders High School, Wendell, NC

Second:  Brian Dawson
Hometown:  Vanceboro
Age:  17
School:  West Craven High School, Vanceboro, NC

Third:  Jeanie Thomas
Hometown:  Fayetteville
Age:  17
School:  Westover High School, Fayetteville, NC


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