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Winners announced for annual student artwork competition

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  • By Sarah Swan
  • National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force recently announced the winners of the 30th Annual Student Aviation Art Competition and Exhibition.

Nearly 200 pieces of art created by local students are currently on display at the museum through May 11. Student artists from both private and public schools in Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties created artwork based on the theme "X-Planes." Students were encouraged to research the experimental aircraft, and their teachers asked them to create works of art depicting actual X-Planes or those in their imaginations.

"This year's contest provided a wonderful opportunity for students to artistically express the rich heritage of the Air Force and the importance of experimental aircraft over the years," said Howard Walker, an aerospace educator at the museum.

Winners were chosen in the following grade-based categories (click on the student's name to view artwork):

Grades K-1
First Place: Gracie Gabriel, Incarnation Catholic School
Second Place: Hannah Justice, Stevenson Elementary School
Third Place: Paige Rhea, Stevenson Elementary School

Grades 2-3
First Place:
Nathan Snizik, Incarnation Catholic School
Second Place: Ashley Lucuk, Incarnation Catholic School
Third Place: Jackson Crawford, Xenia Christian School

Grades 4-6
First Place: Elaina Clauson, Xenia Christian School
Second Place: Marah Click, Cedarville Middle School
Third Place: Brianna Johnson, XTAR Program at Central Middle School

Grades 7-9
First Place: Danielle Spanbauer, St. Brigid School
Second Place: Julia Arnold, St. Brigid School
Third Place: Cory Marcum, Greeneview Middle School

Grades 10-12
First Place: Alex Finch, Stebbins High School
Second Place: Nicole Cunningham, Kettering Fairmont High School
Third Place: Ginny Stack, Cedarville High School

Special Needs Grades K-6
First Place: Hannah Abel, Cedarville Middle School
Second Place: Sarah Sizer, Cedarville Middle School
Third Place: Logan Masters, Spinning Hills Middle School

Special Needs Grades 7-12
First Place: Kayla Ghess, Cedarville High School
Second Place: Ellery Mills, Cedarville High School
Third Place: Kelly Speak, Dixie High School

Best of Show
Alena Chapman, Kettering Fairmont High School

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free. For more information about the museum, visit

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