2013 N.C. Aviation Art Contest Winners Announced Monday, February 25, 2013

Now eligible for national, international recognition

Editor's Note: Note correction to top finishers in Junior Category 

RALEIGHStudents from across the state allowed their imaginations to soar in the N.C. Department of Transportation Division of Aviation’s 2013 North Carolina Aviation Art Contest. The results were a host of outstanding pieces worthy to advance to national and international competitions.

The top three entries in three age groups will represent North Carolina in the national contest, sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautic University of Prescott, Ariz., the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education. The national winners will then be in line for an international competition sponsored by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale, which was established in 1905 to promote air sports. 

“The future of aviation belongs to our youth,” Division of Aviation Director Richard Walls said. “Based on the pictures we received, North Carolina will continue as a national leader in aviation and aerospace. I want to congratulate the winners and all the participants on a great job.”

The top finishers in each category, with their schools, are:


  1. Lilly Aleman, 8, Pleasant Union Elementary School, Raleigh;
  2. C.J. Weaver, 9, Pleasant Union Elementary School, Raleigh;
  3. Slade Keaton, Sharon Elementary School, Statesville.


  1. Michaela Danielle Barker, Homeschooler, Grimesland;
  2. Alexandra Zubrowicz, Wallace Elementary School, Wallace;
  3. Michelle Mixon, Jarvisburg Elementary School, Jarvisburg;
  4. Kaeleigh Difloure, Moyock Elementary School, Moyock;


  1. Muhammad Ibrahim, 14, Zebulon GT Magnet Middle School, Zebulon.

Flickr Slideshow of winning entries:

The winners were chosen from this year’s theme of "My Favorite Air Sport" (such as Aerobatics, flying model aircraft, experimental aircraft, ballooning, general aviation, gliding, hang gliding and paragliding, and parachuting). Judges looked for originality, adherence to the theme and overall aesthetics. All artwork used watercolors and acrylic/oil paint.

For more information regarding the Aviation Art Contest, contact Corbi Bulluck of the Division of Aviation at (919) 814-0550.




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