N.C. Students Win Top Honors at International Aviation Art Contest

Three North Carolina students – all from the same hometown – earned top honors in the 2021 International Aviation Art Contest. “This is truly amazing,” said Eric Boyette, secretary for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, in a statement.

[Above artwork image courtesy of NCDOT]

“It is a real testament to the great, home-grown talent and creativity we have in North Carolina,” he added. “We’re very proud to honor these outstanding young artists.”

The winning students this year are:

  • Anish Upadhyaya, age 13, of Alston Ridge Middle School in Cary (2nd Place, Intermediate Category)
  • Amy Lee, age 17, of Panther Creek High School in Cary (1st Place, Senior Category)
  • Isabel Chang, age 15, of Cary Academy in Cary (2nd Place, Senior Category)

After placing in the top three across the three age categories in NCDOT’s State Art Contest earlier this year, their paintings were sent on to the national competition hosted by the National Association of State Aviation Officials in Washington, D.C.

After finishing in the top three again in that contest, their art then moved on to Switzerland to compete in the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale’s International Art Competition.

Two students from North Carolina advanced to the international round in each of the previous two years, NCDOT said, yet none placed in the top three before now. These three represent the only U.S. students to finish at the top of the 2021 contest, the agency added.

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