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Gingerbread fills SVMS media center with smells of the season

Makala Wilson, 13, an eighth grader, won first place for her rendition of Sun Valley Middle School. (Below) The second-place winner was Benno Zrihan, 11, a sixth grader. The third-place winner was Roberto Ornelas, a seventh-grader. Winner for the faculty category was Assistant Principal Pascale Glenn.

You know the holiday season has arrived when Sun Valley Middle School’s media center is filled with the wonderful smells of the colorfully decorated gingerbread houses.

This year marks the 10th year that the school has held the gingerbread competition. With 20 student entries, the contest coordinator Linda Southard said this year’s competition had a record number of participants.

“They all did a super job, and it was so close,” Southard said. “It’s such a fun thing that we do every year. The students and faculty really look forward to it.”

Southard said students are always very enthusiastic about the contest. “They come in with their entries and they’re always so excited and so proud. You look at them and think they should all win.”

Makala Wilson, 13, an eighth grader, won first place for her rendition of Sun Valley Middle School. “I was really surprised,” she said. “I just screamed in class, ‘YES!’ ”

As to why she chose to make a gingerbread model of her school, Makala said, “I just really like this school and I thought, ‘Who else would do a school?’ … For the trees I used stacked ice cream cones and then painted them with icing. For the flag pole, I used a huge peppermint stick.”

The second-place winner was Benno Zrihan, 11, a sixth grader. “This is the first time I’ve made a gingerbread house,” he said. “It took us four or five days. Me and my mom had to bake the gingerbread house with all the stuff we had. All the windows are melted jolly ranchers, with chocolate shutters. I have sugar lights. The doorknob is a gumdrop. We used cereal for the roof.”

The third-place winner was Roberto Ornelas, a seventh-grader. Winning for the faculty entry was Assistant Principal Pascale Glenn, with her gingerbread house that she dubbed the House on the Island.

“It just came about,” Glenn said. “It’s just a way for me to relax and get creative, have fun with it. I just went around the house and recycled some things that are edible.”

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 in both the student and teacher categories win $60, while second-place winners win $30, and third-place winners receive $15.

The event was judged by members of the business community, while the school’s Parent Teacher Organization donated the monetary prizes.
 

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Dec 19, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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