The Bulldog Builders, boys on the left, and J.C.S., girls on the right, are all seventh graders from Muldrow Middle School. From the left, Hayden Boyett, Drew Luttrell and Bryson Limore built a home which included furniture and residents. The J.C.S. team of Sara Jackson and Jaci Walker decorated their house for Christmas, including outdoor lights.
Bromie Omie is the name of the team of Michala Richards, left, and Rebecca Jones, both in the seventh grade at Roland. They designed and built a tree house, including wild animals and greenery.
Students from throughout Sequoyah County were at the Indian Capital Technology Center (ICTC) Friday participating in the You Build It competition.
Dart Drummonds, ICTC campus director, explained students in grades six through ninth were invited to make up teams of two to four persons. The teams took 1,000 Popsicle sticks each and designed and built a house. They could not use more than the 1,000 sticks.
The competition was limited to 75 teams and 71 teams arrived, Drummonds said. Judging took place all day Friday.
House designs were endless and ranged from a tree house to a house decorated for Christmas. The students included floor plans, and some even furnished and populated their miniature homes.
Judges determined the three top entrants in each of the four age categories and chose a grand champion team.
While judging took place the students were invited to play games, tour the ICTC campus, have a hot dog lunch, watch a movie or have their photo taken.
Dummonds said this is the second year for the competition at ICTC, and the competition is held in conjunction with Construction Trades Month in October as a way to introduce students to the construction trades.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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