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23rd Annual Student Art Contest

“My Favorite Airsports” was the theme for John Wayne Airport’s (JWA) 23rd Annual Student Art Contest.  Artworks that best depict this year's contest theme were selected from more than 1,000 entries submitted by local public and private school students from kindergarten through 12th grade.  This year’s winners and honorable mentions were recognized at an awards ceremony held at JWA on December 16, 2012.  The two Grand Prizes went to Ainsley Chu, a sixth grader from Santiago Hills Elementary in Irvine and to Nicholas Kang, a ninth grader from Oxford Academy in Cypress.  All winning entries are on exhibit from December 11, 2012 through January 16, 2013 on the Arrival (lower) Level of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal, adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4.  Following the exhibition at JWA, winning artwork in each category will be submitted to the State level of the International Aviation Art Contest.

JWA implemented its Annual Student Art Contest in 1990 as part of the opening of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal.  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 Federation Aeronautique Internationale.  In the past, First, Second and Third Place winners from each grade have gone on to win at the State, National and International levels of the contest!

Category I Winner
(Grades K-6):

Student Art
Ainsley Chu
Santiago Hills Elementary, 6th Grade

Category II Winner
(Grades 7-12):

Student Art

Nicholas Kang
Oxford Academy, 9th Grade

We couldn’t host this wonderful competition without the support from our sponsors: Ballet Festival Theater, Boomers, Castle Park, The Children’s Museum La Habra, Disneyland Resort, Explor-Ocean, Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, Flightdeck Air Combat Center, Laguna College of Art and Design, The Irvine Museum, Knott’s Berry Farm, The Laguna Art Museum, The Laguna Playhouse, Nixon Library, Orange County Department of Education and Orange County Public Library.

Congratulations to all the participants in this year’s contest! 

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