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Annual Sun Valley Middle School gingerbread contest is season favorite

This winning student entry was created by Sun Valley Middle students Kayla Iannetto, an eighth grader, taken from ideas she saw in movies.

The media center at Sun Valley Middle School was filled with the wonderful sights of the holiday season courtesy of the gingerbread houses created by faculty and students in the school’s eighth annual competition.

The delightful creation of SVMS eighth-grader Kayla Iannetto won the school’s student competition. “I love making gingerbread houses,” she said. “I’ve been making them for a while and I wanted to try something new. I watched a few movies and took some ideas from them.”

The second-place winner, Megan Firman, said Candyland was her inspiration. She worked on the entry with Jordan Summerfield, both 7th graders. “We didn’t win last year, so we needed to improve and do better this time,” she said.

Event coordinator SVMS teacher Tiffany Medford says the annual competition is a lot of work, but both the students and staff enjoy the challenge. This year, there were a total of 40 entries; 38 created by 52 students and two created by Sun Valley faculty.

The first-place faculty winner was science teacher Diana Ollis, while assistant principal John Grexa took second place.

The rules for the competition are based on the Grove Park Inn Gingerbread House Contest guidelines. Judging was Monday (Dec. 13, 2010) after school. The winners were notified Tuesday.

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.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Video by: Don Mace, Web Communications Coordinator
Posted: Dec 16, 2010 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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