Art Contest Awards Ceremony March 23rd in the Governor's Blue Room at the Oklahoma State Capitol at 1:30 pm
2017 State Aviation Art Contest Winners Announced
OKLAHOMA CITY (February 14, 2017) – The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission announced the names of nine students that placed in the Oklahoma 2017 International Aviation Art Contest, adding a new Honorable Mention category.
The state-level Aviation Art Contest, sponsored by the Aeronautics Commission, encourages youth, ages 6 to 17, to reflect on aviation by designing a piece of art based on the year’s chosen theme. This year’s contest theme was “Beyond the Clouds.”
In the year 2014, 35 students participated. In 2015, there were 85 entrants. A total of 132 students contributed in 2016. This year entries increased by nearly 1000% with a soaring 1112 entries from 73 schools statewide. The agency attributes their success to a new aviation art contest calendar mailed to over 2,000 Oklahoma schools.
“The aerospace industry is one of our state’s top three employers and we must have skilled and competent workers for it to remain viable,” director of aeronautics Vic Bird said. “The shadow of an aging workforce is cast across the industry, and events like the annual Oklahoma Aviation Art Contest are critical to stimulating aviation interest among young people.”
In the Junior Division, ages 6 to 9, Reese Robichaux, from Russell Dougherty Elementary in Edmond, took home first prize. This year’s second-place winner was Tate Clawson from Maryetta Elementary School in Stilwell, while third place went to Irelyn Scott from El Reno, a student at Lincoln Learning Center. Isabella Walker received an Honorable Mention from the judges and is a student at Robin Hill School in Norman.
Tristen Boring from Stilwell, a student at Maryetta Junior High took top honors in the Intermediate Division, ages 10-13. Taking second was Uyen Nguyen from Dove Science Academy in Oklahoma City, while Austin Buchanan from Newalla, a student at Russell Babb School in Harrah, placed third. Receiving an Honorable Mention, Daisy Enriquez is a student at Dove Science Academy in Oklahoma City.
Guymon High School’s Yajahira Munoz finished atop the Senior Division, ages 14-17, followed by Kirsten Carpenter, a student at Leedy High School. Ashtyn Plymale of Norman, took third. Jesse Macias from Turpin Public School received an Honorable Mention.
First-place winners in each of the three age categories receive $200, while the second-place winners receive $150. A cash prize of $100 is presented to students who place third, and honorable mention will receive $50. In addition to the cash prizes, the winners are also presented with certificates of achievement as well as citations from their respective state senator and state representative.
The top three entries in each age division are forwarded to Washington, D.C., where they compete nationally against other winners from the U.S. for the right to advance to the international competition.
Judges for this year’s art contest were Jim Gardner, News9 pilot; one of the world's few professional wing walkers; Ashley Battles; and Schellon Stanley, airport manager for Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport.
“I would like to thank OAC for inviting me to serve as Judge and to experience the wonder of aviation through the artwork of young minds. As airport director, I’m always looking for educational opportunities to nurture dreams of our future aviators of tomorrow,” said Stanley.
The 2017 International Aviation Art Contest is sponsored, in large part, by the National Aeronautic Association, Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, National Association of State Aviation Officials, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education, Federal Aviation Administration and the Ken Cook Co.