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Art Contest Winners
02.15.08

The first space art appeared in print more than 140 years ago, according to historians, with the illustrations for Jules Verne's novel, "From the Earth to the Moon." Back then illustrators had to use their imaginations to depict what rocket ships might look like.

4th grader Simone McMillon presents her award-winning artwork

Image to right: Fourth grader, Simone, from Newport News stands by her award-winning artwork. All the artwork that appears in the NASA calendar is on display at the Virginia Air & Space Center.
Credit: NASA/Sean Smith

These days kids have grown up with spacecraft and aircraft as part of their everyday lives, but that hasn’t stopped them from using their imaginations to portray space and aeronautics.

Just ask the judges of the 2008 NASA 50th Anniversary Art Contest, hosted by NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. "We were blown away by some of the artwork done by the students," said Stan Husch, a graphic artist at NASA Langley who was one of the team of five judges. "They produced some really sophisticated, but very imaginative drawings and paintings."

To mark NASA's golden anniversary, NASA Langley asked students from kindergarten to 12th grade to submit original work -- done without the help of a computer -- that illustrated one of the four NASA missions: aeronautics, earth science, space operations and future space exploration.

"One of the goals of the contest was to help the kids better understand how NASA encourages inspiration, innovation, and discovery to build a better world, " said Katrina Young, organizer of the contest. "The more students know about the exciting work that NASA does the more they may pursue science and engineering education and careers, which are important to this country's future."

Langley Director Lesa Roe celebrates the students' achievements

Image to right: NASA Langley Research Center Director Lesa Roe celebrated the achievements of the 50th Anniversary Art Contest in a ceremony at the Virginia Air & Space Center in downtown Hampton.
Credit: NASA/Sean Smith

Contest sponsors requested that schools and home schools in and around NASA Langley in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia to enter one piece of art per grade level for a limited edition calendar. "This is the first time we've ever tried something like an art contest," said Young. "We got around 70 entries, which was fantastic."

NASA Langley and its partners at the Virginia Air & Space Center awarded about 50 prizes: a grand prize and 12 first place prizes, as well as certificates for second, third and honorable mention. Some of the prizes included NASA souvenirs, a tour of NASA Langley, as well as publication in the calendar.

Here's a list of the winners:

Grand Prize

Jessica Evans
Poquoson Middle School
Poquoson, Va.

Kindergarten

Chloe Boyd
Portsmouth Catholic Elementary School
Portsmouth, Va.

First Grade

1st Place: Mia Hibler
Robert E. Lee Elementary
Hampton, Va.

2nd Place: Guliannah VanDerMiller
Granby Elementary School
Norfolk, Va.

Second Grade

1st Place: Anna Pillsbury
Portsmouth Catholic Elementary School
Portsmouth, Va.

2nd Place: Karla Gil Martinez
Virginia Beach Friends School
Virginia Beach, Va.

3rd Place: Anna Sophia Burke
Norfolk Academy
Norfolk, Va.

Third Grade

1st Place: Noah Mendoza
Coventry Elementary School
Yorktown, Va.

2nd Place: Chase Floyd
Portsmouth Catholic Elementary School
Portsmouth, Va.

3rd Place: Daja Mitchell
Hidenwood Elementary School
Newport News, Va.

Honorable Mention: Orion McClure
Hidenwood Elementary School
Newport News, Va.

Fourth Grade

1st Place: Simone McMillon
Hidenwood Elementary School
Newport News, Va.

2nd Place: Shumont Jones
Hidenwood Elementary School
Newport News, Va.

3rd Place: Bryan O'Donoghue
Virginia Beach Friends School
Virginia Beach, Va.

Honorable Mention: Timothy Long
Portsmouth Catholic Elementary School
Portsmouth, Va.

Fifth Grade

1st Place: Suzie Kang
Coventry Elementary School
Yorktown, Va.

2nd Place: Chris Peele
Campostella Elementary School
Norfolk, Va.

3rd Place: Tyler Moreland
New Castle Elementary School
Virginia Beach, Va.

Honorable Mention: Amanda Bortell
Portsmouth Catholic Elementary School
Portsmouth, Va.

Sixth Grade

1st Place:
Anya Kuszubowski
Norfolk Collegiate
Norfolk, Va.

2nd Place:
Callie Ward
Poquoson Middle School
Poquoson, Va.

3rd Place:
Madison Janek
Portsmouth Catholic Elementary School
Portsmouth, Va.

Honorable Mention:
Nick Miller
Peasley Middle School
Gloucester, Va.

Seventh Grade

1st Place:
Hailey C. Lain
Norfolk Collegiate School
Norfolk, Va.

2nd Place:
Preston Watkins
Poquoson Middle School
Poquoson, Va.

3rd Place:
Amanda DiSpirito
Gloucester Middle School
Gloucester, Va.

Honorable Mention:
Mary Cruz
Portsmouth Catholic Elementary School
Portsmouth, Va.

Eigth Grade

1st Place:
Jessica Boyd
Poquoson Middle School
Poquoson, Va.

2nd Place:
Tanya Hollandsworth
Norfolk Collegiate School, Norfolk, Va.

3rd Place:
Jordan Shepherd
Portsmouth Catholic Elementary School
Portsmouth, Va.

Ninth Grade

1st Place:
Shayla Harris
Bethel High School
Hampton, Va.

2nd Place:
Briann McLendon
Bethel High School
Hampton, Va.

3rd Place:
Karina Montegross
Norfolk Collegiate School, Norfolk, Va.

Honorable Mention:
Shannon Elizabeth Kuster
York High School
York County, Va.

Tenth Grade

1st Place:
Lauren Godette
Bethel High School, Hampton, Va.

2nd Place:
Maudlin Heffington
Norfolk Collegiate School
Norfolk, Va.

3rd Place:
Briana Spruill
Bethel High School
Hampton, Va.

Eleventh Grade

1st Place:
Liva Erwin
Hampton Roads Academy
Newport News, Va.

2nd Place:
Sina Schmidt
Virginia Beach Friends School
Virginia Beach, Va.

3rd Place:
Chris Shanes
Bethel High School
Hampton, Va.

Twelfth Grade

1st Place:
Jasmine Sibley
Hampton Roads Academy
Newport News, Va.

2nd Place:
Anna Brown
Lafayette High School
Williamsburg, Va.

3rd Place:
George Miller
Bethel High School
Hampton, Va.


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