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July 13, 2012


SANTA ANA, Calif. - An Orange County student has been recognized in the 2012 International Aviation Student Art Contest, themed "Silent Flight". Karen Ahn, 13, resident of Irvine and student at St. Margaret's Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. won second place for ages 10-13 with her interpretation of the contest theme (See photo below).

Category II (ages 10 - 13) - Second Place Karen Ahn

Category II (ages 10 - 13) - Second Place
Karen Ahn

Ahn also received first place at both the state and national level for her artwork.

"We're privileged to honor young artists who use their talent and creativity to depict the world of aviation," said Airport Director Alan L. Murphy. "Their artwork continues to be impressive and we're pleased and proud to give these students the opportunity for recognition through JWA's involvement in this annual competition."

JWA implemented its Annual Student Art Contest in 1990 as part of the opening of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal. The contest is open to all Orange County public and private school students in Kindergarten through grade twelve. In 1996, the Airport began coordinating its art contest with the International Aviation Art Contest sponsored by the National Aeronautic Association, National Association of State Aviation Officials, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration, in cooperation with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

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