GIVING ART WINGS: MDT CELEBRATES WINNERS OF AVIATION AWARENESS ART CONTEST
After hosting the annual Aviation Awareness Art Contest, the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT)’s Aeronautics Division held an awards ceremony for the first-place winners out of 290 entries. On Friday, June 13, 2014, the winners gathered to celebrate with family in Helena, and enjoyed a full day of activities to recognize their achievement.
All the first place winners and their families were provided air transport to Helena. The award ceremony took place in the Rotunda of the Capitol, and the winning students received trophies for their artwork. MDT Director, Mike Tooley, was present to congratulate the students on their success. All in attendance had the opportunity to view the students’ framed art pieces from three different mediums: water color, colored pencil and black/white. In Category 1, Angus Anderson, a 2nd grader from Bigfork, MT placed first with a water color painting of an airplane. Category 2 held Rebecca Brannon, a 6th grader of Trego, MT as the winner with her colored pencil rendering of a rescue helicopter. From Category 3, Garrett Gaskill, a 12th grader from Broadus, MT took first place with his black and white sketch of aeronautic farm equipment. Once the award ceremony was concluded, the students and their families enjoyed a tour of the Capitol, followed by lunch at the historic Windbag Restaurant in the downtown Helena walking mall.
“This was an amazing opportunity to recognize these students for their excellence in representing the aviation field through art,” said David Hoerner, MDT’s Aeronautics Safety and Education Bureau Chief. “MDT congratulates this year’s winners, and applauds the outstanding work of all those who participated!”
Trophies were mailed to second and third place winners, along with ribbons to all other students who competed. Winners by category: