Art Contest

2021 State Aviation Art Contest Winners: A Friendlier World with Air Sports

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 3, 2021) – The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission announced the names of students that placed in the Oklahoma 2021 International Aviation Art Contest.

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 “A Friendlier World with Air Sports.”

“This is a great time for students to plan for aviation careers,” State Director of Aeronautics Grayson Ardies said. “We believe our mission is more important now than ever to reach students to inspire aviation interest among young minds.  If we can reach them at the earliest of ages, we can guide them into STEM based education and aviation and aerospace careers.”

In the Junior Division, ages 6 to 9, Chloe Childs, from the Academy of Classical Christian Studies South Campus in Norman, took home first prize. This year’s second-place winner in the Junior Division was Lane Ward from Ada Public School in Ada. The third place and honorable mention categories for this age group were not supported by the number of entries.

Jodessa Hamlett from Hobart, a student at Kenneth O’Neal Middle School took top honors in the Intermediate Division, ages 10-13. Taking second was Alan Rodriguez, and third was Harper Talley also from Kenneth O’Neal Middle School. Receiving an Honorable Mention in the division, Marian Winchell, is a homeschool student from Noble.

Vanoss Public School’s, Emma Slaton, from Ada finished atop the Senior Division, ages 14-17, followed by Kaci Anderson, a student at Hobart High School in Hobart. Patience Williams took third, while Joan Willis received an honorable mention in the division. Both are from Ada Junior High School in Ada.

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. 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.

“As a pilot, a civil engineer and most importantly a homeschool father, I love to teach and celebrate young people who choose a path in life that not only improves their quality of life, but the quality of life for others too! Seeing aviation thru the eyes of our youth in this year’s competition clearly showed that aviation in Oklahoma has a bright future!  Congratulations to ALL of the contestants for their hard work this year,” said Matthew Ranck, P.E., C.M., CFM. with Delta Airport Consultants.

Judges for this year’s art contest were all pilots, including State Representative Wendi Stearman, House District 11, a student pilot; Adam Fox, El Reno Airport Manager, a private pilot with a degree in Aviation Management; Matthew Ranck, P.E., C.M., CFM. with Delta Airport Consultants who also recently earned his private pilot license; and, Chase Rutledge, a KOCO Channel 5 News helicopter pilot and journalist.

"It was my pleasure to join fellow aviation professionals in judging the 2021 Aviation Art Contest. This contest could very well be the event that encourages these young students to pursue careers in aviation and aerospace," said Adam Fox, El Reno Airport Manager.

The 2021 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.


The 2021 theme is “A Friendlier World with Air Sports”. Artwork judged, at least in part, for its creative use of this year’s theme in relation to the aviation and aerospace world.

ENTRY FORM (Each student must complete one and tape it to the back of their entry.)

All artwork must be original in nature, as designed and illustrated by the student, with no outside help.

Group I, Junior Catagory, date of birth between 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2014
Group II, Intermediate Catagory, date of birth between 1 January 2007 and 31 December 2010
Group III, Senior Catagory, date of birth between 1 January 2003 and 31 December 2006

All children in the age groups shown above are encouraged to participate in the contest, even if they are related to officials or employees of the FAI or any of its member organizations.  Youths ages 6 -17 are eligible to participate.   


FORMAT: The required format is A3 11" X 17" (Ledger/Tabloid). Landscape (horizontal) oriented images are preferred for calendar reproduction purposes. Artwork must NOT be framed or outilined with borders. All artwork must be done by hand (or, in the case of physically challenged children, by foot or mouth). Any of the following media are permitted: watercolor, acrylic, oil paint, indelible marker pens, felt-tip pens, soft ball-point pens, indelible ink, Crayola or any similar indelible medium. The following media are NOT permitted: pencil, charcoal or other non-permanent medium; computer-generated artwork; collage work involving the use of photocopies.  

  1. Must be student’s ORIGINAL slogan and artwork. No signatures on posters.

  2. No syndicated, copyrighted, clipart images or inappropriate content allowed!

  3. ATTACH COMPLETED ENTRY FORM (Certificate of Authenticity) on back upper right corner of poster. The following information should be clearly shown on the back of the artwork: title, family name, given name, address, date of birth, name and address of school which the child attends, and certificate of authenticity (see reverse). There is no need for a title on the poster and entrants can decide for themselves whether or not to include one. However, there should be a clearly recognizable link to the theme of the contest.

  4. Reproducibility factors into the judging, so use good lettering, high contrast, and bright colors.

  5. Please follow poster contest rules or face disqualification of poster entry. Once received, entries become (and remain) the property of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission and may be used for a variety of purposes.

CONTEST DEADLINE: The poster entries deadline is January 19, 2021.

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The deadline passed on January 19, 2021 to submit entries to:
Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission
Attention: Aviation Art Contest
110 N Robinson, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102