PC students ace aviation art contest

Prairie City School students exhibit their prize-winning posters featuring aviation. Pictured (from left) are: Matt Miller, Christina Butler, Bradi Voigt, Brenton Groves and art instructor Toni Morgensen. Contributed photo

PRAIRIE CITY - Prairie City School eighth-graders recently participated in the 2003 International Aviation Art Contest through their art education studies with educator, Toni Morgensen.

The difficulties of creating a poster that exemplified the theme: "100 Years Of Powered Flight" were soon forgotten when four of the students were informed they had placed first and second in their age brackets for the state of Oregon.

Christina Butler placed first in the state in the 14- to 17-year-old division, and Brenton Groves placed second.

Bradi Voigt placed first in the state in the 10- to 13-year-old division and Matt Miller placed second. Of the nine winners from the state, Prairie City filled four slots.

"There are some very talented kids in Prairie City. It's a joy to have them recognized for their efforts," said Morgensen.

Grant County Regional Airport manager Gary Judd informed Morgensen of the contest and Prairie City School Principal Kevin Purnell encouraged the students to participate.

As Oregon contest winners, each student is slated to receive a U.S. Savings Bond and a framed award certificate. A formal awards event at Salem will be held in June.

According to Oregon Department of Aviation Liaison, Carolyn Bolton, "The state budget crises has frozen all nonessential state spending and the department is unable to commit with certainty to the amount of the savings bonds the students will receive. In previous years, first place winners have received $100 savings bond, second place winners received $75, and third place $50. It is our hope that we can continue this level of savings bond."

The student artwork has now been forwarded to the National Association of State Aviation Officials, Center for Aviation Research and Education in Washington, D.C., for national competition. Judging is expected by the end of February. National winners will proceed to international judging late in 2003.

The annual art event draws participants from across the globe. Year 2003 marks the Centennial of Powered Flight, commemorating the Wright Brother's first successful flight.

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