Winners announced for KDOT aviation art contest.

The Kansas Department of Transportation has announced the winners of the 2020 Kansas Aviation Art Contest.

The contest is designed to challenge young people to use creative expression through art to illustrate the importance of aviation.

Artists aged 6-17 are divided into three age categories (junior, intermediate and senior) to create art that celebrates the adventure and excitement of aviation.

The theme for this years contest was “Flying Yesterday and Tomorrow.”

The first place winner in each age group receives a prize package from the Kansas Commission on Aerospace Education, which includes a drone and a tablet among other prizes.

State winners will be submitted to the International Aviation Art Contest held by Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

Over 300 people participated this year.

KDOT director of Aviation Bob Brock said this shows that there is a passion for aviation that “still beats loud in the hearts of Kansas’ young people.”

The 2020 winners are:

First Place: Lily Weidemier of McPherson (junior); Siena Masilionis of Leawood (intermediate); and LeeAnn Skiller of Topeka (senior).

Second Place: Tripp Pelzel of McPherson (junior); Kamron Clone of Newton (intermediate); and Jessica Ta of Wichita (senior).

Third Place: Journey Linthicum of Parsons (junior); Lyssa Kay Beesley of Dighton (intermediate); and Lola Speicher of Randolph (senior).

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