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Gingerbread house contest at SVMS

The media center at Sun Valley Middle School is filled with delicious gingerbread houses as faculty, staff and students churned out dozens of entries for the school’s sixth annual competition.
“It is a lot of work, but the students love the challenge and love to see what they can create out of food,” said the event’s coordinator SVMS art/yearbook teacher Tiffany Medford. “They love the fact that everything is edible, and who doesn’t love building with candy. Plus it’s a neat time for parents and the kids to get involved in something they can do together.”
This year’s student winner was Kyle Johnson, 11, a sixth-grader. His was the first-place winner out of the 58 student entries, in grades six, seven and eight.
He said he got the idea for his gingerbread house from the book “Polar Express.” It took about four days to complete. “I was excited to hear I had won,” he said. “I can take some of the winnings and apply it toward my walk with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The rest I’ll use to buy Christmas presents for my family and friends.”
The second-place student winners were Amanda McBriar and Brianna Mooney, both seventh-graders; while the third-place winner was Frida Maczka, an eighth-grader. The faculty/staff first-place winner was band teacher Leslie Craven.
The event was judged by members of the business community, while the school’s Parent Teacher Organization donated the monetary prizes.
Entries had to be edible, with the houses being made primarily of gingerbread or graham crackers. They also had to have a Christmas theme. Judges gave each entry points in appearance, originality, difficulty, precision and consistency of theme.
First-place winners won $60, while second-place winners won $30, and third-place winners received $15.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, Publications Coordinator
Posted: Dec 19, 2008 by Deb Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator

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