Award-Winning Artist

by | Dec 14, 2023 | Art & Culture, Kids, Online Exclusives

Pender County Schools student Caiya Medlin wins the statewide Keep Our Air Clean Student Art Contest.

Caiya Medlin, a 9th grader at Topsail High School, secured victory in the sixth annual Keep Our Air Clean Student Art Contest. Her winning artwork can be seen on billboards across North Carolina, carrying the vital message of environmental responsibility.

Medlin, who entered the competition as an 8th grader at Surf City Middle School, follows in the footsteps of the 2021 winner, Vivienne Butanis, also from Surf City Middle School.

Hosted by the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC), the contest invited students from kindergarten through high school across the state to submit artwork focused on actions to reduce air pollution from vehicles.

Caiya Medlin Billboard Art

“I entered because I think the contest really has a great impact on North Carolina,” Medlin says. “Art is an amazing way to express ideas, and so I am using this opportunity to spread awareness on global issues such as idling cars.”

The talented artist shared her excitement upon learning about her win, saying, “I was so excited! I honestly had to double-check to see if the email was correct because I was so blown away. I have been entering this art contest for three years now, so when I finally won, I felt really accomplished!”

With more than 80 students participating, Pender County Schools continues to shine in statewide competitions, showcasing the artistic prowess and dedication of its students.

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