Two students named winners in PennDOT Aviation Art Contest

Lillian Wertz of Turbotville Elementary School and Brandon deManincor of Meadowview Christian Academy, both in Northumberland County, were named division winners in the State Department of Transportation Bureau of Aviation’s Aviation Art Contest.

“I’m always impressed to see how students show the world of flight through their eyes with such skill and creativity in this contest,” Barry J. Schoch, PennDOT secretary said. “With more than 300 total submissions, the winners should be very proud of their work and this accomplishment. The students, parents and teachers involved in this year’s contest have my thanks for making it such a success.”

The students each received a mounted, 16-by-20-inch copy of their entry, and a certificate signed by the transportation secretary. The students’ schools also received a mounted copy of the artwork for display. Presentations were made to the students at their schools by Toby Fauver, PennDOT deputy secretary.

The contest theme was “50 Years of American Space Flight.” Entries were judged in two divisions: first through third grades, and fourth and fifth grades. One winner was chosen from each division in each of PennDOT’s 11 regional districts.

PennDOT initiated the contest to provide an opportunity for children to express their creativity while they learn about the industry and to increase interest in one of Pennsylvania’s vital transportation modes. Pennsylvania currently has 135 public-use airports and heliports and 14 airports offer scheduled commercial service.