NAIAS Names Poster Contest Winners from Over 750 Entries

North American International Auto Show poster contest winners

DETROIT — The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) announced today the winners of the 31st annual poster contest – a creative competition that drew more than 750 entries from 58 Michigan schools. Open to Michigan sophomore, junior, and senior students, the contest is designed to give young artists the chance to be part of one of the largest auto shows in the world while earning a cash prize. 

Elizabeth Lu, a 12th grade student at Plymouth Canton Salem High School, was awarded the Chairman’s Award – the grand prize of the competition – earning $1,000. Savannah Bachert, a 12th grade student at Careerline Tech Center was awarded $1,000 for the State Farm Award.

Lu and Bachert’s winning posters will be posted on the NAIAS website and displayed during the NAIAS Public Show, Jan. 19-27. 

“This next generation’s creativity and talent is unparalleled from what we’ve ever seen before, and I feel honored to be a part of an organization giving students a platform to let that talent shine,” said Bill Golling, 2019 NAIAS Chairman. “Each submission showcased the student’s ability to use their imagination and create something entirely their own. Picking winners was certainly a tough decision.”

In addition to the Chairman and State Farm Awards, winners were selected in the following categories and presented cash prizes.  

Winners who received a $500 prize:

  • Designer’s Best of Show – Traditional: Teaghan Holman, Dexter High School
  • Designer’s Best of Show – Digital Award: Tristen Elert, William D. Ford Career-Tech 
  • First Place – 10th Grade Award: Yahir Tellez Mondragon, Novi High School
  • First Place – 11th Grade Award: Simon Potter, Careerline Tech Center 
  • First Place – 12th Grade Award: Spencer Barrer, Royal Oak High School

Winners who received a $250 prize:

  • Most Creative Award: Jacqueline Pagano, Warren Career Preparation Center 
  • Best Theme Award: Kellen Walburn, Howell High School 
  • Best Use of Color Award: Ellyana Wills, Bloomfield Hills High School 
  • Second Place – 10th Grade Award: Kirsten Smith, Howell High School 
  • Second Place – 11th Grade Award: Nathaniel Turbyfill, Buchanan High School 
  • Second Place – 12th Grade Award: Erin McVety, Warren Career Preparation Center

Winners who received a $100 prize:

  • Third Place – 10th Grade Award: Darja Matlahova, Rochester Adams High School 
  • Third Place – 11th Grade Award: Abraham Tellez Mondragon, Novi High School
  • Third Place – 12th Grade Award: Jo Chelar, William D. Ford Career-Tech

The posters were reviewed and judged by the 2019 NAIAS Chairman, a General Motors automotive designer, a College for Creative Studies instructor and State Farm representatives. 

In its 31st year as an international event, the NAIAS is the most influential annual automotive event in the world. NAIAS is where future mobility innovations meet the pavement. With the largest concentration of the world’s top automotive and technology executives, designers, engineers and thought leaders, NAIAS serves as the global stage for companies to debut brand-defining vehicles and industry-shaping announcements. NAIAS is unmatched in the industry in presenting six unique shows in one, including: The Gallery, an ultra-luxury automotive event, AutoMobili-D, an inside look at future mobility platforms, Press Preview, Industry Preview, Charity Preview and then concluding with a nine-day Public Show. 

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2019 NAIAS Dates: 
The Gallery – Saturday, January 12
Press Preview – Monday-Tuesday, January 14-15
AutoMobili-D – Monday-Thursday, January 14-17
Industry Preview – Wednesday-Thursday, January 16-17
Charity Preview – Friday, January 18
Public Show – Saturday-Sunday, January 19-27

Source: North American International Auto Show

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