Cimarron student paints by holding brush in his mouth
Cimarron Student Trevor Rooney

The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission announced the names of thirteen students that placed in the Oklahoma 2018 International Aviation Art Contest, adding a new Heart of Oklahoma Aviation Honor (HOOAH) award for an exceptional art entry by an Edmond Cimmaron Middle School with a disability.

The state-level Aviation Art Contest, sponsored by the Aeronautics Commission, encourages youth, ages 6 to 17, to reflect on aviation by designing a piece of art based on the year’s chosen theme. This year’s contest theme was “Flight into the Future.”

The first-ever HOOAH recognition was awarded to Trevor Rooney from Cimarron Middle School .Trevor’s entry was considered along with the other 1,300 plus works without the judge’s knowledge in the manner of which his entry was created.  The young man painted the entire work using his mouth and acrylic paint.

The HOOAH award will receive a $100 prize as well. In addition to the cash prizes, the winners are also presented with certificates of achievement as well as citations from their respective state senator and state representative.

A ceremony for the participating and winning students will be held March 8, 2018 at 1:30 pm in the Governor’s Blue Room at the Oklahoma State Capitol.  Students and teachers are encouraged to attend.

The 2018 International Aviation Art Contest is sponsored, in large part, by the National Aeronautic Association, Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, National Association of State Aviation Officials, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education, Federal Aviation Administration and the Ken Cook Co.

Press Release by Shandra Shelton with the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission