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Art contest promotes aviation among youth

By Elena Watts
Feb. 21, 2014 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 20, 2014 at 8:21 p.m.

Steve Plunkett, Calhoun County Airport manager, presents art supplies and a Disney movie, "Planes," to Kaden Yeach, winner of the intermediate category of the fifth annual Calhoun Air Center Aviation Art Contest.

The theme for this year's fifth annual Calhoun Air Center Aviation Art Contest was Flying Saves Lives, and more than 275 students submitted entries.

For the first time, the public voted for the winners online, and three winning works advanced to the state competition last week.

Kary Xu colored a girl and her teddy bear riding through the air in a basket hoisted up by eight decorative balloons. The HJM Elementary School student won the junior category for ages 7 to 10.

Kaden Yeach sketched a knight in shining armor riding a fire-breathing dragon with his sword drawn. Also a student at HJM Elementary, Kaden won the intermediate category for ages 11 to 14.

Adrian Chavana drew a scuba diver on a ladder hanging from a helicopter rescuing a boy in stormy seas. Adrian, a student at Travis Middle School, won the senior category for ages 15 to 18.

"The students look forward to our contest each year," said Dianna Stanger, Calhoun County Airport manager, in a news release. "It's exciting to see them with such enthusiasm towards aviation and art."

The International Aviation Art Contest is coordinated at the state level by the aviation division of the Texas Department of Transportation.

State winners advance to the national contest, and those winners advance to the international contest.

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