Aerospace Education

Aviation Art Contest

Each year the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) Association creates a theme for an art contest in an effort to motivate and encourage young people to become more familiar with and participate in aeronautics, engineering and science. The FAI then invites its member nations to submit their best artwork for international recognition. In the United States, the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) is the main organizer of the contest. Every Fall, South Dakota schools will receive an invitation to participate in the contest by submitting their interpretation of the aviation theme. The South Dakota winners are announced and displayed every spring at the SD Airports Conference, in the South Dakota Pilots Association newsletter and on this website. Every child receives a certificate of participation and the winners receive prizes with an aviation or art theme and a laminated copy of their work. Look for our next theme every Fall to come to your school and let your imagination FLY.

2019 Aviation Art Contest Winners - Theme: My Dream to Fly

Every year, the South Dakota Pilots Association and the Office of Air, Rail & Transit sponsor a contest in an effort to motivate and encourage young people to become more familiar with and participate in aeronautics, engineering and science.

This year's theme for the contest was "My Dream to Fly". We had 196 submissions and it was difficult choosing our winners. Each person received a prize purchased by the South Dakota Pilots Association and the Office of Air, Rail & Transit and the winners got a laminated copy of their poster. Below are pictures of the winners' submissions which will also be published in our co-sponsor's newsletter, the South Dakota Pilots Association News.

6-9 Age Group (77 submissions)

  • 1st Place - Zoe Silver from Britton-Hecla School in Britton (Taught by Paula Hanson)



  • 2nd Place - Jesse Schoon from Schoon Homeschool in White River (Taught by Jennifer Schoon)



  • 3rd Place - Jasmine Bilal from St. Michael Elementary in Sioux Falls (Taught by Angela Kamps)



  • Honorable Mention – Aundrea Russell from St. Michael Elementary in Sioux Falls (Taught by Angela Kamps)


10-13 Age Group (118 submissions)

  • 1st Place - Sarina Ellenbecker from St. Michael Elementary in Sioux Falls (Taught by Angela Kamps)



  • 2nd Place - Adrick Schoon from Schoon Homeschool in White River (Taught by Jennifer Schoon)



  • 3rd Place - Brandon Thompson from West Middle School in Rapid City (Taught by Sarah Penfield)



  • Honorable Mention – Ackley Barch from St. Michael Elementary in Sioux Falls (Taught by Angela Kamps)



  • Honorable Mention – Veronica Grubl from Hereford Elementary in Hereford (Taught by Ron Grubl)




14-17 Age Group (1 submission)

  • 1st Place - Seth Schoon from Schoon Homeschool in White River (Taught by Jennifer Schoon)



2018 Aviation Art Contest Winners - Theme: Flight Into the Future
Every year, the South Dakota Pilots Association and the Office of Air, Rail & Transit sponsor a contest in an effort to motivate and encourage young people to become more familiar with and participate in aeronautics, engineering and science.

This year's theme for the contest was "Flight Into the Future". We had 149 submissions and it was difficult choosing our winners. Each person received a prize purchased by the South Dakota Pilots Association and the Office of Air, Rail & Transit and the winners got a laminated copy of their poster. Below are pictures of the winners' submissions which will also be published in our co-sponsor's newsletter, the South Dakota Pilots Association News.


6-9 Age Group (34 submissions)

  • 1st Place - Anna Hericks from St. Michael Elementary in Sioux Falls (Taught by Angela Kamps)



  • 2nd Place - Draeton Delozier from Beadle School in Yankton (Taught by Lori LaFave)



  • 3rd Place - Brooklyn Gale from St. Michael Elementary in Sioux Falls (Taught by Angela Kamps)


10-13 Age Group (100 submissions)

  • 1st Place - Faith Nelson from Wolsey-Wessington in Wolsey (Taught by Rob Ammerman)



  • 2nd Place - Sarah Fuerst from Wolsey-Wessington in Wolsey (Taught by Rob Ammerman)



  • 3rd Place - Lydia Main from Belle Fourche Middle School in Belle Fourche (Taught by Ann Anderson)


14-17 Age Group (15 submissions)

  • 1st Place - Elita Eastman from Bon Homme High School in Tyndall (Taught by Ruthie Moore)



  • 2nd Place - Katelyn Sternhagen from Bon Homme High School in Tyndall (Taught by Ruthie Moore)



  • 3rd Place - Jayde Denton from Bon Homme High School in Tyndall (Taught by Ruthie Moore)

2017 Aviation Art Contest Winners - Theme: Beyond the Clouds
Every year, the South Dakota Pilots Association and the Office of Air, Rail & Transit sponsor a contest in an effort to motivate and encourage young people to become more familiar with and participate in aeronautics, engineering and science.

This year's theme for the contest was "Beyond the Clouds". We had 138 submissions and it was difficult choosing our winners. Each person received a prize purchased by the South Dakota Pilots Association and the Office of Air, Rail & Transit and the winners got a laminated copy of their poster. Below are pictures of the winners' submissions which will also be published in our co-sponsor's newsletter, the South Dakota Pilots Association News.


6-9 Age Group (26 submissions)

  • 1st Place - Jesse Schoon from Schoon Homeschool in White River (Taught by Jennifer Schoon)



  • 2nd Place - Sarina Ellenbecker from St. Michael Elementary in Sioux Falls (Taught by Angela Kamps)



  • 3rd Place - Grace Waller from Buchanan Elementary in Pierre (Taught by Chad Kringel)


10-13 Age Group (112 submissions)

  • 1st Place - Seth Schoon from Schoon Homeschool (Taught by Jennifer Schoon)



  • 2nd Place - Anika Main of Belle Fourche Middle School in Belle Fourche (Taught by Ann Anderson)



  • 3rd Place - Aiden Voyles of Belle Fourche Middle School in Belle Fourche (Taught by Ann Anderson)


14-17 Age Group (No submissions)

2016 Aviation Art Contest Winners - Theme: Air Sports In Harmony With Nature
Every year, the South Dakota Pilots Association and the Office of Air, Rail & Transit sponsor a contest in an effort to motivate and encourage young people to become more familiar with and participate in aeronautics, engineering and science.

This year's theme for the contest was "Air Sports In Harmony With Nature". We had 104 submissions and it was difficult choosing our winners. Each person received a prize purchased by the South Dakota Pilots Association and the Office of Air, Rail & Transit and the winners got a laminated copy of their poster. Below are pictures of the winners' submissions which will also be published in our co-sponsor's newsletter, the South Dakota Pilots Association News.


6-9 Age Group (35 submissions)

  • 1st Place - Jerod Nebrida from Britton-Hecla Elementary (Taught by Sandy Anderson)



  • 2nd Place - Adrik Schoon from Schoon Homeschool (Taught by Jennifer Schoon)



  • 3rd Place - Konnar Furman from Britton-Hecla Elementary (Taught by Sandy Anderson)


10-13 Age Group (67 submissions)

  • 1st Place - Seth Schoon from Schoon Homeschool (Taught by Jennifer Schoon)



  • 2nd Place - Halle Eaton from Belle Fourche Middle School (Taught by Ann Anderson)



  • 3rd Place - Conner Curran from Belle Fourche Middle School (Taught by Ann Anderson)


14-17 Age Group (2 submissions)

  • 1st Place - Joni Hofer from Rustic Acres School (Taught by Nathaniel Hofer)



  • 2nd Place - Ethan Hill from Hill Homeschool (Taught by Annette Hill)


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