Truckee Tahoe AirShow awards $500 to T-shirt contest winner |

Truckee Tahoe AirShow awards $500 to T-shirt contest winner

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Riley Matosian's created the vintage-style, winning T-shirt design.
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — The 2014 Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival T-shirt will feature a “vintage-esque” aviation design created by 14-year-old Riley Matosian from Truckee.

Matosian is an eighth-grader at Alder Creek Middle School who is now, also, the recipient of $500 for being chosen as the winner of the 2014 AirShow T-Shirt Art Contest.

“We received several very creative designs to choose from, with artists varying in ages from 4 – to 16-years-old,” said Jen Parker, KidZone Museum representative for the Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival Committee. “The drawings were all really good, but Riley’s had a special flair that stood out, capturing our Women in Aviation theme for 2014.”

Matosian has had a passion for drawing from a very young age, and her artistic ability runs through the family. Both her older sister and her twin sister love to draw; in fact, her twin sister Hailey had the idea for a vintage look for both the planes and the woman in the center of this winning design. Riley brought the image to life with striking colors and old-fashioned planes.

All proceeds from T-shirt sales highlighting Matosian’s design, sponsorships, vendor booth sales and other incidentals go to Truckee North Lake Tahoe youth for educational, sports and arts programs; scholarships; supplies and operational costs for free kids flights on Sunday, July 13 and for the Kidzone Museum.

The free Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival is funded by the Truckee Tahoe Airport District. The event is put on by volunteers from three local nonprofit organizations: Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1073, Truckee Optimist Club and KidZone Museum.

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