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Aviation Month poster winners aim high

Jenny Goldsmith
Sierra Sun
Courtesy photo/Sierra SunThe drawing of boarding passengers made second-grade student Camilia Jahchan of Kings Beach Elementary a winner in the National Aviation Month Poster Contest.
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The Truckee Tahoe Airport District named four Truckee-Tahoe students as the winners of the Aviation Poster Contest celebrating the science of flight and air travel.

The contest was part of National Aviation History Month in November.

The contest was open to students throughout the Truckee Tahoe Unified School District, and out of 41 submissions, judges selected the top four aviation-themed posters.

Each winner will receive a $50 gift card to Barnes and Noble, and one of the four finalists will be selected to receive a free flight around the Truckee-Tahoe Basin.

“Having an entire month dedicated to celebrating the history of flight is really exciting, and allows the Truckee Tahoe Airport District an opportunity to connect with our community’s youth,” said district Assistant General Manager Mike Scott.

National Aviation History Month recognizes America’s history of flight and the impact of air travel, beginning with the Wright brothers’ 12-second flight of the Wright Flyer in 1903.

Judging for the contest was based on the different grade-level submissions.

Winners included second-grader Camilia Jahchan of Kings Beach Elementary, fifth-grader Steven Bonavita of Truckee Elementary, sixth-grader Jeanette Cosentini of Forest Charter School, and eighth-grader Nikki Caravelli of North Tahoe Middle School.

All 41 submissions will be posted on the airport’s Web site and area residents can vote for the People’s Choice winner, which will be announced shortly before Christmas. Once the People’s Choice is awarded, judges will select the grand prize winner to receive the free flight around the Truckee-Tahoe area.

The contest allowed students to utilize their artistic skills while expanding their knowledge of aviation and how it is a critical component to the community, said Scott.

“It gives kids the chance to get involved in a slightly different way,” he said. “It’s another way the Truckee Airport tries to connect with the community.”