Winners of the Oklahoma Aviation Art Contest Announced
Vol.6 Issue 4
Oklahoma Aeronautics showing girl holding toy airplane.

Each year, the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission (OAC) reaches out to students across the state ages 6 through 17 to compete in the Oklahoma 2020 International Aviation & Aerospace Art Contest. The intent is to get them to think about aviation, while using their artistic talents to participate in a contest based on a theme that OAC provides. This year’s theme was "Flying, Yesterday and Tomorrow."

Twelve winners are selected each year and their artwork is showcased in a calendar that is sent out to schools across Oklahoma. Imagine how encouraging it is for a student to see her or his work on the wall in a classroom, and to know that it is also being shown for an entire month in hundreds of classrooms across the state!

In addition to that honor, winners are personally introduced with their artwork at the state capitol. Unfortunately, this year the ceremony had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, monetary awards are still being given to the winners and their work will be displayed in the calendar next year.

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 across the U.S. for the right to advance to the international competition.

The OAC recognizes the importance of this event and the spotlight it places upon the Aviation and Aerospace Industry, our State’s second largest industry, STEM learning, and the importance of the arts. Students whose work was selected for the calendar should feel good about having been chosen out of a group of 956 works of art, sent from 84 schools across the state.

In the Junior Division, ages 6 to 9, Grace Huang, from Truman Primary School in Norman, took home first prize. This year’s second-place winner was Emma Newsom from Maryetta School in Stilwell, while third place went to Chloe Childs from Community Christian School in Norman. Kinsley Porter received an honorable mention from the judges and is a student at Bridge Creek Intermediate School.

First place, Junior division; Grace Huang - Norman, OK.
Second place, Junior division; Emma Newsom - Stillwell, OK.

Third place, Junior division; Chloe Childs – Norman, OK.
Honorable Mention, Junior division; Kinsley Porter – Blanchard, OK.

Dory Monks from Yukon, a student at Lakeview Elementary School took top honors in the Intermediate Division, ages 10-13. Taking second was Brooklyn Torres from Purcell Junior High, while Sophia Zhao, from Roosevelt Elementary School in Norman, placed third. Receiving an Honorable Mention in the division was Faith Lawson, from Ada Junior High.

First place, Intermediate division; Dory Monks – Yukon, OK.
Second place, Intermediate division; Brooklyn Torres – Purcell, OK.
Third place, Intermediate division; Sophia Zhao – Norman, OK.
Honorable Mention, Intermediate division; Faith Lawson – Ada, OK.

Brock Bailey, a homeschooled student from Collinsville finished atop the Senior Division, ages 14-17, followed by Frederica Belloni, a student at Enid High School. Leslie Marquez from Guymon High School, took third. Ella Bolander also from Guymon High School received an honorable mention in the division.

First place, Senior division; Brock Bailey – Collinsville, OK.
Second place, Senior division; Frederica Belloni – Enid, OK.
Third place, Senior division; Leslie Marquez – Guymon, OK.
Honorable Mention, Senior division; Ella Bolander – Guymon, OK.

Victor Bird, Aeronautics Director for the State of Oklahoma, said "The annual Oklahoma Aviation Art Contest is critical to stimulating 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."

Judges for this year’s art contest were State Senator Brenda Stanley, Senate District 42; Brigadier General Chris Hill, Commander, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, Tinker Air Force Base; Teresa Camp, an aerospace systems engineer with Special Projects Lead, Executive Aircraft; Representative Jay Steagall, House District 43, Alexis Higgins, A.A.E., Chief Executive Officer for Tulsa Airport Improvement Trust; Mary Smith Crofts, Board Member, Tulsa Airport Improvement Trust, and our Head Judge, Leslie Osborn, Commissioner of Labor for the State of Oklahoma.

If you would like a calendar, or know of any young, aspiring artists who would like to submit their work for next year’s competition, send an email to OAC’s Sandra Shelton.

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