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COLUMBUS – Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray today announced a sixth-grade student from Ohio placed third in the 1998 International Aviation Art Contest. This year’s theme was "Air Sports in the Olympics."

An Olive Branch Middle School student in New Carlisle, Ohio, Nate Fisher’s award-winning entry depicted an airfield flying event featuring radio-controlled aircraft. As the national third place winner of the 10 - 13 year old division, Fisher’s art work will be forwarded for judging at the international competition to be held in Paris the first week in July.

"This is a great opportunity for ODOT to help promote Ohio’s young artists," said Wray. "We are certainly proud of Nate’s accomplishment in this highly competitive contest."

Fisher was honored at a National Awards Ceremony hosted by the National Aeronautic Association in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

"It was great to go to Washington D.C. and receive my award," said Fisher. "We were even able to meet a couple of astronauts. My grandfather was a pilot which is where my interest in flying began. My goal is to pursue a career in the aviation field."

To be eligible for the national contest Fisher’s art work was chosen from more than 200 pieces of art work submitted in Ohio’s state competition. The state competitions are judged by the states aviation agencies and the winning art work in each category is sent to the National Association of State Aviation Officials Center for Aviation Research and Education for the national competition. The art work is then judged by volunteers from the aviation community as well as local artists and members of the American Society of Aviation Artists. National winning art is sent to the international competition.

The International Aviation Art Contest is an annual event sponsored by the National Aeronautic Association, National Association of State Aviation Officials and Federal Aviation Administration in cooperation with the Federation Aeronautique Internationale, to motivate and encourage young people to become more familiar with and participate in aeronautics, engineering and science.

Last year, states received more than 20,000 entries nationwide.