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Building with sweets: Gingerbread competition draws out creativity, ingenuity, spirit of the season
Skylar Leatherman
Antelope Staff
Photo by Skylar Leatherman
Senior social work major from Aichi, Japan, Risa Ito, and Daisuke Yamaguchi, a junior studio art major from Ehime, Japan, put the finishing touches on their house in the forest during the gingerbread house competition Dec. 2 in the Ponderosa room. Twenty-two teams were given 30 minutes to create their gingerbread house. A clock showing the remaining time was projected onto a screen at the front of the room so teams knew how much time they had left to build.
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"Christmas at the Campsite" won first place at the competition. The design was created by Sam Bates, a junior journalism major from Ogallala; Kari Connot, a junior business administration major from Ogallala; Tomas England, a junior elementary education major from Ogallala; and Katiana Meyer, a senior criminal justice major from Sutherland. The teams had to make sure that all of the components of their "houses" were edible.
Photo by Skylar Leatherman
Third place went to Dani Donovan, a sophomore graphic design major from Omaha; Julie Gates, a sophomore art education major from McCook; and Shelby Krause, a sophomore art and English education major from Lincoln for their castle design. UNK provided the graham crackers and frosting, but it was up to the teams to bring the supplies needed to complete their gingerbread creation.
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Samantha Bohl, a senior biology and Spanish major from Crete and Brandi Homolka, a senior nursing major from Genoa keep their building from toppling over. Bohl and Homolka created the Nebraska State Capitol building. "We were going to make Antelope and Nester but we couldn't figure out how to do the view, so this was the next best thing," Homolka said.
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The second place prize went to Rachel Vogel, a senior studio art major from Howells; Brian Flannery, a senior computer science major from Atkinson; and Laura Slaymaker, a senior chemistry major from Atkinson. Their design was Pride Rock from "The Lion King" and included animal crackers and milk chocolate rocks.

Reporter Rachael Page

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