Getting young people interested in pursuing careers in aeronautics, science and engineering, while spreading the message about the importance of aviation, helps ensure the vitality of the industry for decades to come. As part of this effort, the Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics sponsored its annual statewide poster design competition as part of the International Aviation Art Contest for youth of all ages.
This year’s theme was “flying saves lives.” Nine young people from around the state won top honors in this year’s contest. The top three entries, in three different age groups, now advance to the National Aviation Art Contest for judging in Washington, D.C.
The 2014 winners were:
Junior Category (ages 6 to 9)
– First place: Seth Carlson, Oshkosh
– Second place: Lydia Moffitt, Winneconne
– Third place: Harry Schneider, Plymouth
Intermediate Category (ages 10 to 13)
– First place: Emma Andersen, Sheboygan
– Second place: Edie Redwine, Milwaukee
– Third place: Erika Pulukchu, DePere
Senior Category (ages 14 to 17)
– First place: Tracy Van Meter, Nekoosa
– Second place: Maddy Van DeHey, DePere
– Third place: Lauryn Wiorek, Hales Corners
First place winners had the option of selecting a $100 art supply gift certificate or an airplane ride for two as their prize. Second and third place winners receive a $75 and $50 art supply gift certificate, respectively.
The Wisconsin winning works of art will be judged with entries from across the country in the three age groups. The first, second and third place national winners in each age group will receive a certificate, ribbon and framed reproduction of their artwork. In addition, they will advance to the international competition for worldwide judging in Switzerland.
To see all the winning posters visit WisDOT’s website www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/air/art14.htm.