Young Aviation Artists Wanted

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If there's a budding aviation artist in the family, here's something to occupy them for the holiday school break. The FAA and several national aviation organizations are sponsoring a national art contest as part of an international competition sponsored by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale. This year's theme is "Flying Saves Lives!" and is open to kids in age groups six to nine, 10 to 13 and 14 to 17. Entries will be judged at the state level and the top three pieces from each state will go into the national competition. The top three in the country will go to the international judges, who will pick the gold, silver and bronze medal winners. The works must be 11 by 17 inches; non-permanent mediums like pencil and charcoal are not permitted, and neither are collages using photocopies. Better dust off the palette and easel, though. Submissions must be postmarked by Jan. 10, 2004, and applications are available online.