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Minnesota Young Artist Places 2nd in 2017 International Aviation Art Contest

Sky Waters, Minnesota

Sky Waters, a Minnesota high school student, took 2nd Place in the Senior Category of the 2017 International Aviation Art Contest held recently in Lausanne Switzerland. The yearly competition is hosted by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). Waters finished in first place in both the state competition in Minnesota and the National competition held each year in Washington D.C.

“This year, Sky along with all of the Minnesota winners was invited to participate in a ceremony and behind-the-scenes tour at Delta airlines,” said Cassandra Isackson, Aeronautics Director for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Although everyone got to sit in the cockpit of a brand-new A330, Isackson said everyone agreed that the artwork produced by the kids was the true highlight of the day.  “Sky has won the contest at all levels and we continue to be proud of him and the contribution he makes to the future of aviation.”

The contest, sanctioned by FAI and the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), is managed by NASAO, with support from the FAA, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the Ken Cook Company. The contest is designed to motivate and encourage young people of FAI member nations to become familiar with and participate in aeronautics, engineering, and science.

The winners of the 2017 U.S. Aviation Art Contest are:

Category I (Junior): 6 to 9 year olds

First Place: Katherine Lee, New Jersey

Second Place: Gabriel Sanedrin, California

Third Place: Oliver Chen, New York


Category II (Intermediate): 10 to 13 year olds

First Place: Sophia Shin, California

Second Place: Jennifer Meng, Michigan

Third Place:  Kelly Xu, Texas


Category III (Senior): 14 to 17 year olds

First Place: Sky Waters, Minnesota

Second Place: Mira Hirabayashi, California

Third Place: Cameron Fitz, North Carolina

The artwork for the national competition was judged for its originality, creativity, and use of the theme “Beyond the Clouds” by a distinguished panel including: Debbie Gallaway, former U.S. Representative to Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) and former NASA Education Coordinator, Margaret Finch, an educator and artist, Stephanie Berry, Director of Awards and Events for the National Aeronautic Association and Carolyn Russo, Museum Specialist and Photographer for the Smithsonian Institution, National Air & Space Museum. The winners will receive ribbons and a framed reproduction of their artwork.

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