April 7-11, 2021

Youth Art Contest Presented by Coastal Children’s Services

Sunday, February 28
Event Time | 12am

The North Carolina Azalea Festival Youth Art Contest is an annual art contest showcasing the amazing artistic talents of the youth in our community. Each year over 300 area public, private, and home-schooled elementary, middle school, and high school students submit their artwork to the contest, illustrating the traditions of the North Carolina Azalea Festival that mean the most to them. The winning artists (and second and third place) in all divisions receive various notable prizes, and some schools are even treated to a visit from the Azalea Festival Official Artist.  Top place artists in each division will have their work showcased on the Azalea Festival website, and are invited to Raleigh to attend the Governor’s Press Conference with the Azalea Festival entourage.  The Top 15 entries in each division are exhibited during the Azalea Festival at the Community Arts Center in the Historic Hannah Block USO Building.  These artists also receive a complimentary ticket to the April Thalian Association Children’s Theatre (TACT) production.

Artist submissions are now being accepted for any student in K-12, across the state of North Carolina.
Submissions are due Thursday, January 28th, 2021.

A Big Thanks to Coastal Children's Services for Continuing to Support the Youth Art Contest!

Grades K - 2 Elementary Division Winner: Vivian Kinard
Vivian Kinard is the 1st Place winner for the K-2 Elementary School category with her iridescent painting of fireworks over the river, titled “Bursting Fireworks.” She is a delightful 1st grade student at Blair Elementary School who loves fireworks because they are shiny! Art is her favorite subject at school and, of course, she loves her art teacher, Mrs. Saunders. She has a little sister and a mini golden doodle named Murphy. In her spare time, she enjoys playing outside, jumping on her trampoline, and taking gymnastics lessons.
Grades 3 - 5 Elementary Division Winner: Karl Geisler
Karl Geisler is the 1st Place winner for the Grades 3-5 Elementary School category for his bright and very colorful depiction of the famous Azalea Festival parade, titled, “Azalea Parade by the River.” Karl is an equally bright and colorful Wrightsville Beach Elementary School 3 rd grader. He says his favorite things about the parade are the floats. His favorite subjects in school are art and math. His hobbies include fencing, playing the violin and cello, playing with his ferrets Oscar and Odette, and working on art projects with his art-loving grandparents. Fun fact about this guy is that he is a distant relative of Orville Wright!
Middle School Division Winner: Ellie Ko
Ellie Ko, a 7th grader at Marvin Ridge Middle School in Waxhaw, NC is the 1st Place winner in the Middle School category. Her mixed media colored-pencil watercolor painting catches a peek through the azalea bushes of an elegant Azalea Belle overseeing a beautiful garden. Ellie says that art is her favorite subject at school because she gets to pay attention to her passion. In her spare time, she enjoys playing video games with her siblings, learning to play tennis, playing the piano, singing, and taking art private lessons. This is Ellie’s second time entering the Azalea Festival Youth Art Contest.
High School Division Winner: Avery Aguila
Avery Aguila is the 1st Place winner for the High School Art Contest category, and is also a second-time Azalea Festival Art Contest participant. She is an 11th grade student at Eastern Alamance High School in Mebane, NC. Her art entry, titled “Azalea Festival and All Her Colors,” is a psychedelic colored-pen montage of the Azalea Queen surrounded by the best that the Azalea Festival has to offer. Avery is a Starbucks barista who loves art, hiking, volunteering with her high school’s Environmental Club, and raising chickens. She was accepted into the NC Governor’s School this summer for art and is applying to UNC’s School of the Arts for her senior year to further refine her artistic skills.
All 2020 Winning Submissions

K-2 Elementary Division:

1st place-  Vivian Kinard, 1st Grade, Blair Elementary School

2nd place–  Carter Ammons, 2nd Grade, Wrightsville Elementary School

3rd place-  Xochitl Diego Soto, 1st Grade, Mary C. Williams Elementary School

HM- Patterson Leonard, 2nd Grade, Mary C. Williams Elementary School

3-5 Elementary Division:

1st place-  Karl Geisler, 3rd Grade, Wrightsville Beach Elementary School

2nd place- Hudson Cummings, 5th Grade, Cape Fear Center for Inquiry

3rd place- Maebel MacQueen, 3rd Grade, Homeschool

HM- Stella Beausang, 3rd Grade, Wrightsville Beach Elementary

HM- Brenna Cook, 5th Grade, Blair Elementary

HM- Ava Mason, 4th Grade, Cape Fear Academy

Middle School Division:

1st place-  Ellie Ko, 7th Grade, Marvin Ridge Middle School

2nd place- Ava Rineer, 7th Grade, Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences

3rd place- Avery Kievit, 8th Grade, Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences

HM  Kayla Fisher, 8th Grade, Noble Middle School

HM  Issy Gee, 7th Grade, Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences

HM  Gracie Rogers, 8th Grade, Roland-Grise Middle School

High School Division:

1st place- Avery Aguila, 11th Grade, Eastern Alamance High School

2nd place- Lindsay West, 12th Grade, Cape Fear Academy

3rd place-  Caroline Harris, 9th Grade, Laney High School

HM   Emma Johnson, 11th Grade, Hoggard High School

HM   Ava Whitt, 10th Grade, Ardrey Kell High School

Past Winners


2019: Jessie Garriott, Cape Fear Academy (K-2 Elementary School Winner)

2019: Diane Perez Peralta, Bellamy Elementary (3-5 Elementary School Winner)

2019: Ella Johnson, Noble Middle School (Middle School Winner)

2019: Cheyenne Newkirk, Hoggard High School (High School Winner)

2018: Avni Choudepally, Cedar Fork Elementary ( K-2 Elementary School Winner )

2018: Julianna Dickerson, Blair Elementary ( 3-5 Elementary School Winner)

2018: Kate Spivey, Noble Middle School (Middle School Winner)

2018: Katherine Neilsen, Laney High School (High School Winner)

2017: Olivia Brown, Holly Tree Elementary (Elementary School Winner)

2017: Delilah Mills, Cape Fear Academy (Middle School Winner)

2016: Elajandra Torres, Carolina Beach Elementary (Elementary School Winner)

2016: Audrey Mase, Roland-Grise Middle School (Middle School Winner)

2015: Becky Girolami, Parsley Elementary (Elementary School Winner)

2015: Max Brinker, Cape Fear Center For Inquiry (Middle School Winner)

2014: Ruthie Wainwright, Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences (Elementary School Winner)

2014: Sylvia Atwood, Cape Fear Academy (Middle School Winner)

2013: Margaret Dill, Cape Fear Academy (Elementary School Winner)

2013: Maddie Porter, Cape Fear Academy (Middle School Winner)

2012: Cameron Holmes, Bellamy Elementary

2011: Lemir Moore, Snipes Academy of Art and Design

2010: Katie Girolami, Cape Fear Academy