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Advocates in Aviation via Art contest winners announced

Nov. 20, 2010 at 5:20 a.m.

Calhoun County Airport recently held its Second Annual Calhoun Air Center Art Contest. The 15 winners of the contest were awarded art classes, art kits, autographed aviation books and a travel bag with more prizes specific to aviation - all made possible by this year's sponsors. Displaying their awards, front row, from left, are Rachel Zhang, Jack Beaver, McKayla Cortez and Kristen Pham; back row, from left, Mauricio Gonzalez, Emily Dunwoody, Melissa Albrecht, Keri Hargus, Bar Htoo, Kenzi Butcher and Brian Thumann. Not photographed are: Vincent Chen, Wenwen Wang, Rebecca Cook and Jaime Esparza.

PrizesAutographed books, which were awarded specific to the child's age group were

Category I: "Homer the Helicopter Pilot; Grand Canyon Adventures" by Julie W. Buscher

Category II: "Stars of the Sky, Legends All" by Ann Lewis Cooper and Sharon Rajnus

Category III: "Flying for Her Country" by Amy Goodpaster Stebe

Second annual Calhoun Air Center Art Contest Winners

Category I: Age 6-9

1. Vincent Chen, HJM Elementary

2. Rachel Zhang, HJM Elementary

3. Jack Beaver, HJM Elementary

Honorable Mentions: Kenzi Butcher, Point Comfort Elementary; Kristen Pham, Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic School

Category II: Age 10-13

1. Brian Thumann, Travis Middle School

2. Mauricio Gonzalez, Travis Middle School

3. Bar Htoo, Travis Middle School

Honorable Mentions: Wenwen Wang, Travis Middle School; McKayla Cortez, Travis Middle School

Category III: Age 14-17

1. Melissa Albrecht, Calhoun High School

2. Emily Dunwoody, Calhoun High School

3. Rebecca Cook, Travis Middle School

Honorable Mention: Keri Hargus, Calhoun High School; Jaime Esparza, Travis Middle School

Calhoun County Airport recently presented awards to winners of the second annual Calhoun Air Center Art Contest.

The winners and families gathered at Calhoun County Airport on Nov. 13 for the local art contest's awards ceremony, which began with lunch, drinks and cake.

Entries were judged by the Port Lavaca Art Guild and were categorized into three age groups: first, second, third place, with two honorable mentions chosen in each.

"We strive to be advocates in aviation via art. Calhoun County has some very talented artists," said Dianna Stanger, Calhoun County airport manager. "The children embraced this year's theme - 50 Years of Human Space Flight."

Calhoun Air Center received 308 art entries, double from last year.

The 15 winners were awarded art classes, art kits, autographed aviation books and a travel bag with more prizes specific to aviation - all made possible by this year's sponsors.

Although the 19 mph winds did not allow the pilots to take the winners on a discovery flight, each received a certificate so they may return at a later date and see the world from a new perspective.

The airport's local art contest is structured around The Texas Department of Transportation's International Aviation Art Contest.

All of the 2010 entries will be submitted to the 2012 Texas Kid's Aviation Art Calendar Contest, which is designed to motivate and encourage children to study aeronautics, engineering and science. Each child will receive a participation certificate from Texas Department of Transportation Aviation Division in the spring. Winners compete at a state, national and international level.

"With the community's help, Calhoun Air Center hopes to inspire these children to soar new heights. Our goal is to have more children from Calhoun County featured in the 2012 calendar," Calhoun Air Center manager Steve Plunkett said.

The winners of the 2012 TxDOT International Aviation Art Contest will be announced by February. Winning contestants, along with their families and teachers, will be invited to the Texas Aviation Conference Banquet on May 26 at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin.

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