N.C. Students Earn Top Honors in Aviation Art Contest

Five North Carolina students earned top honors in the 2021 National Aviation Art Contest; awards that offer them a chance to compete in an international art contest.

[Above photo by NCDOT of art by Anish Upadhyaya.]

After placing first, second, or third across the three age categories in the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s State Art Contest earlier this year – art based on the theme “A Friendlier World with Air Sports” – the paintings then entered the national aviation art contest, hosted by the National Association of State Aviation Officials in Washington, D.C.

Photo by NCDOT of art by Sidney Herring.

Now, after their national contest wins, NCDOT said in a statement that the artworks of those five students would compete in the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale’s International Art Competition, held in Switzerland.

The winning students this year are:

  • Kyndall Anthony of Kannapolis, Forest Park Elementary (3rd Place, Junior Category)
  • Anish Upadhyaya of Cary, Alston Ridge Middle (1st Place, Intermediate Category)
  • Ava Lanzy of Indian Trail, Wesley Chapel Elementary (3rd Place, Intermediate Category)
  • Amy Lee of Cary, Panther Creek High (2nd Place, Senior Category)
  • Isabel Chang of Cary, Cary Academy (3rd Place, Senior Category)

The NCDOT noted it received 764 entries from 137 schools for its 2021 competition, adding that – since 2016 – a total of 8,362 students have participated in the N.C. Aviation Art Contest. To view the artwork from all N.C. finalists, visit the NCDOT Flickr page.

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