Georgia DOT Announces Winners of Centennial Student Art Challenge

| June 17, 2016

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ATLANTA – Alexander envisions a magnetic hanging freeway. Ca’Liyah predicts a flying bus that runs on kudzu. And Highland foresees a vacuum that picks you up and moves you.

These visions of the future were created by winning student artists for Georgia Department of Transportation’s Centennial Student Art Challenge –What Moves You? Imagining Tomorrow’s Transportation. Georgia DOT challenged students in grades K-12 to write a statement and visually answer the question: What does the future of transportation in Georgia look like to you?

Georgia DOT judges selected a first place and second place winner in each of four grade categories from almost 300 imaginative submissions. Commissioner Russell McMurry showcased the winning selections at today’s State Transportation Board meeting.

“While a centennial is a time to reflect on the past, it is also a time to look ahead,” McMurry said. “Drones, connected vehicles and self-driving cars are a few evolving technologies that will have a tremendous impact on transportation in the not-too-distant future. We thought it would be interesting to discover what students envision.”

The winners are:

 Grades K-3

First Place        Alexander Chanoh Lee of Johns Creek in Fulton County, Magnetic Hanging Freeway

Second Place   Sarah Turner of Grovetown in Columbia County, The Flying Mobile

Grades 4-6

First Place        Highland Roberts of Thomaston in Upson County, The City Transporter

Second Place   Ca’Liyah Jackson of Augusta in Richmond County, My Flying Bus

Grades 7-9

First Place        Zoe Beard of Augusta in Richmond County, Driving Off the Edge

Second Place   Molly Sims of Jeffersonville in Twiggs County, The Mini-Copter

Grades 10-12

First Place        Chris Ali of Augusta in Richmond County, Art & Creativity

Second Place   Aaron St. Charles of Augusta in Richmond County, Sleek Car and Anti-Gravity 

To see the winning artwork, visit .

 It was 100 years ago – on August 16, 1916 – that the seeds were planted for what would grow into the Georgia Department of Transportation. Georgia DOT celebrates its 100th birthday with a year-long Centennial celebration that explores GDOT’s role in getting Georgia out of the mud – from the dirt roads of 1916 to the paved roads crisscrossing Georgia in 1939 to today’s modern transportation system.

For everything you want to know about the centennial, visit In addition to the award winning student art entries, you’ll also find an event calendar, decade-by-decade timeline, historical items, videos and more. You can even take a Centennial Road Trip. #GDOT100

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