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Midway student wins first place in aviation art contest
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Midway Elementary School 3rd Grader Kalel Johnson shows off his artwork of a rocket flying in outer space. Kalel earned first place in South Carolina in the first step to possibly winning the National Association of State Aviation Officials’ 2019 International Art Contest. His picture has been sent on for national judging in Washington, D.C. If he wins there, he will compete on the international level in Switzerland. (Provided by the Kershaw County School District)

The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) chose Kalel Johnson, a 3rd Grade student at Midway Elementary School, as South Carolina’s first place winner in Category I of its 2019 International Art Contest.

In a press release issued by the Kershaw County School District, the NASAO said the purpose of the competition is for young people to have fun designing art projects that demonstrate how aeronautics impacts our everyday lives and will influence the future.

Kalel’s artwork has been sent to the NASAO headquarters in Washington, D.C., to represent the state of South Carolina at the national competition. If Kalel wins at the national level, his artwork will be sent to compete in the international contest in Switzerland.

Kalel is a straight-A student at Midway and his interest in aviation is what motivated him to not only enter the art contest, but to participate actively in the Civil Air Patrol’s Aerospace Connection Education (ACE) Program as well.

“Drawing a rocket flying in outer space for the art contest was so fun! I can’t believe I won first place! When I get older, I hope to be an aeronautical engineer and a pilot one day,” Kalel said.

For more details on the art contest, visit