NCDOT received 1,322 entries in this year’s contest. After weeks of judging and voting, the winners were announced in the following three age groups:
Junior (born 2012-2015):
- 1st: Sudeep Asam of Morrisville
- 2nd: Taksh Verma of Charlotte
- 3rd: Ava Venters of Greenville
Intermediate (born 2008-2011):
- 1st: Audrey Song of Cary
- 2nd: Kathryn Danielle Grace of Matthews
- 3rd: Michelle Selin Park of Fayetteville
Senior (born 2004-2007):
- 1st: Isabel Chang of Cary
- 2nd: Amy Lei of Mooresville
- 3rd: Chloe Mosely of Lincolnton
As in previous years, the top 10 winners in each age group will have their artwork displayed by the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. The winning art can also be viewed on the NCDOT Flickr site.
Judging was based on creativity, adherence to this year’s theme of “Design Your Perfect Aircraft,” and technical quality. The N.C. Airports Association sponsors the contest and provides cash prizes to the winners and their schools.
The top three students in each age division will also have their artwork submitted in the National Aviation Art Contest. The national winners will advance to the international competition. Last year, North Carolina students took five of the nine national prizes and three of the top international prizes.
Entries this year came from 165 hometowns and 133 schools from 55 counties across the state. A total of 10,349 submissions from 720 schools from 93 counties have been entered in the Aviation Art Contest since 2015.