RALEIGH - Nine students from communities throughout North Carolina are being recognized for their original artwork submitted to the 2017 Aviation Art Contest. More than a thousand students participated in this year's competition, sponsored by the N.C. Department of Transportation's Division of Aviation.
"This contest gives students an opportunity to demonstrate their creativity while learning more about aviation and aeronautics in the state," said Division of Aviation Director Bobby Walston. "We are pleased to see a record number of participants."
The state competition drew 1,007 entries from students representing 144 hometowns and 99 schools. In the last three years, nearly 2,200 students have submitted artwork to the division.
The annual contest offers all children who live in or attend school in North Carolina the chance to explore different aspects of aviation. This year, participants were asked to create original artworks inspired by the theme "Beyond the Clouds."
Entries are divided into three age groups. The top three entries in each age group advance to National Association of State Aviation Officials in Washington, DC, as part of the national and international contest.
Click here to view a video of this year's winning entries or here for a photo gallery.The top finishers in each category, with their schools, hometowns and ages are:
First Place: Akshara Ananth, Providence Spring Elementary, Charlotte; age 9
Second Place: Abirami Govindarajan, Providence Spring Elementary, Charlotte; age 10
Third Place: Avni Choudepally, Cedar Fork Elementary, Morrisville; age 7
First Place: Anthony Oman, Salem Middle, Cary; age 14
Second Place: Alyssa Housden, Anne Chesnutt Middle, Fayetteville; age 14
Third Place: Bobby Carter, Crestdale Middle, Charlotte; age 14
First Place: Emma Kerns, Liberty Preparatory Christian Academy, Sherrills Ford; age 17
Second Place: Cameron Fitz, Green Hope High, Cary; age 17
Third Place: Ashley Inman, Lee County High, Sanford; age 15
Visit the Aviation Art Contest website for information about the competition.