Grimesland Homeschooler Receives Honor For 2013 N.C. Aviation Art Contest Entry Friday, February 15, 2013

Now eligible for national, international recognition

RALEIGH – Michaela Danielle Barker, 12, a homeschooled elementary student from Grimesland, won the Intermediate category for students ages 10 to 13 in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation’s 2013 North Carolina Aviation Art Contest.

Barker’s painting of four hot air balloons flying over the trees, titled “Tranquil Flight,” is one of seven that will represent North Carolina in the national aviation art 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 advance to the international competition sponsored by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale, which was established in 1905 to promote air sports. 

The top finishers advancing to the nationals in each category, with their ages and schools, are:


  1. Lilly Aleman, 8, Pleasant Union Elementary School, Raleigh
  2. C.J. Weaver, 9, Pleasant Union Elementary School, Raleigh
  3. Slade Keaton, 6, Sharon Elementary School, Statesville


  1. Michaela Danielle Barker, 12, homeschool student, Grimesland
  2. Alexandra Zubrowicz, 11, Wallace Elementary School, Wallace
  3. Michelle Mixon, 10, Jarvisburg Elementary School, Jarvisburg
  4. Kaeleigh Difloure, 9, Moyock Elementary School, Moyock


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

This year’s theme was "My Favorite Air Sport," which included activities 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.

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

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