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.
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, after school. 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 won $60, while second-place winners won $30, and third-place winners received $15.
– This article was provided courtesy of the Communications Office of the Union County Public Schools.