Three middle school students were recently selected as first-, second- and third-place winners of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) mascot contest, which drew nearly 190 entries from students in airport-area schools.

Heather Orellana, who attends Orville Wright Middle School in Westchester, earned third place.

The first-place prize went to Kenny Hoang from Will Rogers Middle School in Lawndale. Guy Labayen, also a student at Will Rogers, received second place. The winning mascot, named “Carrie,” is a luggage man.

Hoang’s class will receive a private tour of LAX, and the airport will use his mascot drawing in a new children’s activity book and coloring book design — special acknowledgement for a middle school artist.

His family will also receive complimentary dining at the Encounter Restaurant at LAX.

Orville Wright Magnet coordinator Joy Kobashi, who served as a contest judge, said all of the school students who participated were very excited about getting recognized for their work.

“For the students it brought a real sense of awareness of LAX,” she notes.

“As a math-science aerospace magnet school, it’s nice to have that bridge.”

To learn more about LAX programs for local schools, go to and click on “Community Relations,” or call (310) 646-5742.