Advocates in Aviation via Art contest winners announced
By FROM NEWS RELEASE
Nov. 20, 2010 at 5:20 a.m.
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.
For more information, video and photos, visit www.CalhounAirCenter.com.