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SVMS continues 12th annual gingerbread house contest

This winning student entry for the 2013 Sun Valley Middle School Gingerbread Contest was created by sixth-grader Victoria Gaddy, who impressed judges with her whimsical, colorfully decorated gingerbread house, dubbed Candy Land by judges.

Every year for more than a decade, the media center at Sun Valley Middle School has helped herald in the holiday season with colorfully delicious gingerbread houses courtesy of a school-wide competition by faculty and students.

Sixth-grader Victoria Gaddy took this year’s first-place win with her whimsical, elaborately decorated gingerbread house, dubbed Candy Land by the judges. She said she worked on it about a week.

“There were a whole bunch of really good entries,” Victoria said. “I didn’t think I would win. When I heard that I had, I thought, ‘Oh my gosh!’ … It’s my first year at Sun Valley Middle School. This is the first time I’ve entered a gingerbread contest.”

Second place went to the combine efforts of Elizabeth Busby and Megan Mooney, both sixth graders, who created a working merry-go-round. Third-place went to eighth grader Emily Cleary with her impressive two-story gingerbread log cabin.

This winning faculty entry was created by Sun Valley Middle School math teacher Michelle Bennett, who wowed judges with her cat-themed gingerbread house, complete with chocolate mice.

The rules for the competition stated that the house was not exceed two feet in height, two feet in width and two feet in depth. Entries must be made primarily of gingerbread or graham crackers for the main structure and must keep in the holiday theme. All materials had to be edible.

Competitors could work with a partner, but no more than two students per entry.

The gingerbread houses were judged in several categories: overall appearance, originality, creativity, difficulty, precision and consistency of theme.

The event was coordinated by Linda Southard (8th Grade English Language Arts) and Carson Bellissimo (8th Grade Science).

Southard said she hopes that all the wonderful sights and smells in the media center would inspire even more students to enter next year.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Dec 28, 2013 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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