La. student’s artwork places third nationally

Photo provided by Janis Ament -- Tonjia R. Summerell, center, with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, recently presents awards in the Louisiana DOTD Aviation Art Contest to St. Theresa Middle School students Lexie Vass, left, and Natalie Heflin. Natalie also placed third at the national level of the 2013 U.S. Aviation Art Contest.
Photo provided by Janis Ament -- Tonjia R. Summerell, center, with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, recently presents awards in the Louisiana DOTD Aviation Art Contest to St. Theresa Middle School students Lexie Vass, left, and Natalie Heflin. Natalie also placed third at the national level of the 2013 U.S. Aviation Art Contest.

Students from St. John Primary and St. Theresa Middle schools were recently honored for their entries in the Louisiana Department of Transportion and Development’s aviation art contest.

Tonjia R. Summerell, with DOTD, presented the students with their prizes during recent visits to the schools.

At St. John Primary School, state-level contest awards went to Mia Robichaux, first place in the 6- to 7-year-old age group, and Isabel Bacas, second place in the 8- to 9-year-old age group.

At St. Theresa Middle, Natalie Heflin won first place in the 8- to 9-year-old age group, and Lexie Vass placed first in the 14 to 15 age group.

Heflin’s artwork continued on to the national level and was selected by the National Aeronautic Association and the National Association of State Aviation Officials as a third-place winner of the 2013 U.S. Aviation Art Contest.

Next, Heflin’s artwork was forwarded to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale for inclusion in the 2013 International Aviation Art Contest in Lausanne, Switzerland. Her artwork didn’t place but represented the first time an entry from Louisiana continued to the international level, a news release from the school says.

The theme for this year’s contest was “My Favorite Air Sport.” The contest was designed to encourage young people to become more familiar with and participate in aeronautics, engineering, and science while raising awareness of the public and increasing aviation activity, the release says.

Winners from both schools received a certificate, a color copy of their artwork, and assorted gifts from sponsors. First-place winners will also receive a free EAA Young Eagle Flight airplane ride over the Gonzales and Prairieville areas.