There are budding artists in high schools all over Michigan just waiting to break out. This year many of them in grades 10-12 entered the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 29th annual Poster Contest to show off their talent.
What a terrific job they did. There were 890 entries from 70 schools across our state and these young artists certainly captured the show in their work. Someday many of them may well be designing your vehicles.
“The work and creativity displayed by these young people is an exciting window into the future as to the talent the automotive design community may one day be the beneficiary of,” says Sam Slaughter, 2017 NAIAS chairman. “The winning posters are examples of what this contest is all about – the creative minds of Michigan’s future and a passion for the industry.”
The grand prize, the Chairmen’s Award of $1,000, was awarded to Justin Choi, a 12th grade student at Stoney Creek High School in Rochester Hills. You’ll see Choi’s winning poster in the official NAIAS program, which is available to all auto show attendees.
Other winners include:
Winner who received a $1,000 prize:
- State Farm Award – Brittany Dunlap, Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southwest in Wixom
Winners who received a $500 prize:
- Designer’s Best of Show – Digital: Lauren A. Vermeulen, Eisenhower High School in Shelby Township
- Designer’s Best of Show – Traditional: Cheyenne Roy, Imlay City High School in Imlay City
- 1st Place, 12th Grade Award: Leila Mullison, Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southwest in Wixom
- 1st Place, 11th Grade Award: Hogan Taylor, Howell High School in Howell
- 1st Place, 10th Grade Award: Spencer Barrer, Royal Oak High School in Royal Oak
Winners who received a $250 prize:
- Best Theme Award: Hannah Anderson, Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southwest in Wixom
- Best Use of Color Award: Gabby Gorski, Careerline Tech Center in Holland
- Most Creative Award: Chapelle Williams, Warren Career Prep Center in Warren
- 2nd Place, 12th Grade Award: Adam Lewis, Novi High School in Novi
- 2nd Place, 11th Grade Award: Scott Zahl, Careerline Tech Center in Holland
- 2nd Place, 10th Grade Award: Jenny She, Bloomfield Hills High School in Bloomfield Hills
Winners who received a $100 prize:
- 3rd Place, 12th Grade Award: Abigail Palmateer, Careerline Tech Center in Holland
- 3rd Place, 11th Grade Award: Cade Mirabitur, Novi High School in Novi
- 3rd Place, 10th Grade Award: Andrew Sosa, William D. Ford Technical Center in Westland
The posters were reviewed and judged by the 2017 NAIAS chairmen, a General Motors automotive designer, a College for Creative Studies instructor and State Farm Insurance representatives.
All the winning posters can be viewed on the Poster Contest page on the NAIAS website and will be on display from Jan. 14-22 at NAIAS.