DOTD announces winners of 2014 Louisiana Aviation Art Contest
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
DOTD announces winners of 2014 Louisiana Aviation Art Contest

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Louisiana Aviation Art Contest, sponsored by the DOTD Aviation Section. The theme for this year’s contest was “Flying Saves Lives!”

Students, ages 6-17, were encouraged to create artwork using this year’s theme in relation to the aviation world. Participants were also encouraged to visit and learn more about their local airports by visiting DOTD’s website and locating the airport nearest to where they live. The contest encourages young people throughout Louisiana to become familiar with and participate in aeronautics, engineering, and science. The art contest allows young adults to learn about aviation and the unlimited career opportunities it offers.

The winners of this year’s art contest are as follows:

Ages 6-7       
1st Place - Raylynn Cockerham of Northeast Elementary School, East Baton Rouge Parish
2nd Place - Caroline Bailey of Victory Christian Academy, Jefferson Parish
3rd Place - Kyler Dupuy of St. John Primary, Ascension Parish

Ages 8-9
1st Place - Cooper Ancale of St. John Primary, Ascension Parish
2nd Place - Cameron Sheehan of St. John Primary, Ascension Parish
3rd Place - Audrey Soulier of St. John Primary, Ascension Parish

Ages 10-11
1st Place - Karli Leger of Grand Lake, Cameron Parish
2nd Place - Martin Bustos of Chateau Estates, Jefferson Parish
3rd Place - Bryson Tabor of Bayou Bouef, Lafourche Parish

Ages 12-13
1st Place - Benjamin LeBoeuf of St. Theresa Middle, Ascension Parish
2nd Place - Zachary Browning of St. Theresa Middle, Ascension Parish
3rd Place - Augie Chopin of St. Theresa Middle, Ascension Parish

Ages 14-15
1st Place - Connor Daigle of Church Point High School, Acadia Parish
2nd Place - Andrew Jenkins of Franklinton High School, Washington Parish
3rd Place - Logan Marks of Church Point High School, Acadia Parish

Ages 16-17
1st Place - Kalyn Bazell of Franklinton High School, Washington Parish
2nd Place - Zac Estruda of Franklinton High School, Washington Parish
3rd Place - Alexis Hallinan of Bogalusa High School, Washington Parish

To view the winning entries for each category, visit: http://1.usa.gov/1heWOp0.

Each year, completed artwork is submitted to the DOTD Aviation Section to be judged for its creative use of the year’s theme. Local and state aviation officials then select three winners per age category, resulting in a total of eighteen winners. Winners receive aviation-related prizes donated by the following aviation associations.

1. Louisiana Airport Managers and Associates (LAMA): iPods, model airplanes and remote control airplanes.
2. Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA): free website training sessions, hats and books.
3. Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA): introductory flights for children ages 7-18 through the Young Eagles Program. The introductory flights are awarded to first place winners in each category. Through the contest, DOTD facilitates communication between the winners and the local pilots of each EAA chapter closest to where the winner lives.

For more information, please visit www.dotd.la.gov, email dotdcs@la.gov or call DOTD’s Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Motorists can access up-to-date travel information by dialing 511 or by visiting www.511la.org. Out-of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511).