The state Department of Transportation’s aviation division named the winners of its annual N.C. Aviation Art Contest.
In the Junior age category, the winners from the Triangle were Lilly Aleman in first place and C.J. Weaver in second place. Both are students at Pleasant Union Elementary School in Raleigh.
The first-place winner in the Senior age category was Muhammad Ibrahim of Zebulon Middle School.
Those students, along with the other top-three winners in each category, will represent the state at the national level of competition, sponsored by the FAA, Embry-Riddle Aeronautic University and the National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education.
The theme of this year’s contest is “My Favorite Air Sport,” which inspired depictions of activities such as aerobatics, model aircraft, ballooning, hang gliding and more. The entries – all in watercolor or acrylic and oil paints – were judged on originality, adherence to the theme and overall design.