Tower Banner Student Art Contest Winner Chosen


The high school student winners of the Bob Hope Airport “2014 Tower Banner Student Art Contest” from Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena Unified School Districts presented their winning artwork at today’s March 3, 2014 Airport Authority meeting.

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Winners include (L to R) Elias Shankaji (3rd place), Naija Erby (2nd place) and winner Angus Crosby all of Burbank High School. (Photo Courtesy Bob Hope Airport)

The winners were chosen from 358 entries across all three districts. Joining them were their art teachers and district art coordinators, along with many of the students’ proud parents.

This is the seventh year the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has sponsored the Bob Hope Airport Tower Banner Student Art Contest for students of the respective Unified School Districts in Grades 9 – 12.

Each year, the Airport Authority chooses a different aviation theme for the contest. This year’s theme was “Skies of Freedom” to coincide with The Skies of Freedom™ Commemorative Brick Pavilion that is scheduled to open with the airport’s Regional Intermodal Transportation Center later this year. (Visit for more information about the Skies of Freedom program.) In 2013, the theme was “The Sky’s the Limit.” In 2012, the theme was “Cleared for Take Off,” and in 2011 and 2010, the artists illustrated “Up and Away,” and “Joy of Flight.”

Each school district determines which submissions are its top three entries. The arts and culture commission from each respective city then considers the three entries and makes the final award of the first place entry from its school district based on the judging criteria set forth in the Authority’s contest rules.

The winning artwork from each school district is enlarged to a size of 16 feet by 26 feet for display on the Bob Hope Airport terminal tower for a period of approximately three months where it is seen by well over a million travelers and airport visitors as they arrive and depart the airport.

Since the contest’s inception seven years ago, $16,500 has been awarded to each school district in honor of the winning entries, with the stipulation that the award be used to help support and promote the districts’ education programs for the arts. This year, each district will again receive $3,000.

News ReleaseThe winning entries displayed on the tower are rotated among Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena. This year, Burbank Unified School District’s winning banner, created by 9th grader Angus Crosby from Burbank High School, will be the first to be displayed on the tower, beginning June 2014.

Second and third place winners, along with the first place winners, will be displayed in the airport’s Terminal B with background information about the contest beginning in June 2014.

The contest is scheduled to begin again in September 2014. To be eligible to enter the contest, student artists must be enrolled in Grades 9-12 in the public high schools of Burbank Unified School District, Glendale Unified School District or Pasadena Unified School District.

Students interested in participating should contact the art faculty or art department at their high school for details.