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Top Photo: 2022 ages 9–10 Winner Young Reporter Maximus Bradley

Kid and teen artists have the chance to win prizes and see their anti-graffiti artwork on posters in schools, libraries and around town. Do you have an idea for artwork that will discourage graffiti in our area? Use your talents to show how graffiti affects our community. Get out your pens, paints and paper and show what you can do!

Pima County is calling for original art from kids ages 9–18 for its Taking Action Against Graffiti (TAAG) program. Winning artwork will be featured in the county’s Anti-Graffiti Campaign posters and calendar, and finalists will have their artwork featured on the TAAG website and the county’s social media.

Artwork should be on an 8.5- by 11-inch piece of paper, preferably in the horizontal (landscape) format. All entries must be received by Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. Entries can by mailed or hand delivered to TAAG Poster Contest Attn: Christina Bohan, 201 N. Stone, 4th Floor, Tucson, AZ 85701. Or, email a JPG or PDF image of your art to:

Artwork can be realistic or abstract, but should be suitable for all ages. For more information, visit or call 520-724-6410. You can also download the submission form from the Pima County website.

Mac Solo wearing a baseball cap in pilot uniform standing in front of a plane.Teen Youngest to Fly Solo Around the World

Most of us look forward to our birthdays and making fun plans, but Mack Rutherford took it to the next level. The pilot, nicknamed Mack Solo, celebrated his 17th birthday on a plane while flying solo around the world. He is now the youngest person to circumnavigate the world by aircraft solo!

That title is one of four Guinness World Record titles he now holds, including also being the youngest person to CIRCUMNAVIGATE the world by microlight solo. He departed Sofia, Bulgaria, on March 23 of this year and landed in the same city on Aug. 24. His journey took him across 52 countries, five continents and two oceans!

“With this journey, I’m trying to show that young people can make a difference. You don’t have to be 18 to do something special—just follow your dreams and they’ll eventually come true,” Rutherford said.

Rutherford completed his journey aboard a small, single-engine aircraft known as a Shark. It is an ultralight aircraft which can hit a cruising speed of roughly 186 miles per hour. The small aircraft forced him to land occasionally when weather conditions got rough, and he only traveled by daylight. When he landed, he was able to meet people across the globe.

Mack isn’t the only Rutherford setting records—his sister, Zara, broke two solo aviation records herself earlier this year. She was the previous record holder for being the youngest person to circumnavigate the world by microlight solo until her brother broke the record. Zara retains the title of the youngest woman to fly solo around the world.

The Rutherfords grew up mostly in Belgium, with Belgian and British parents—both of whom are pilots as well. Aviation goes back multiple generations in his family, and Mack first qualified for his pilot’s license when he was 15. His parents and sister stayed in daily contact with Mack while he was circumnavigating the globe. He said he isn’t sure what his future holds, but he knows it will involve flying!

September 2022