PEEPS title goes to Northern Lehigh students
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh High School students display their "Museum of Modern PEEPS"-themed diorama that took top honors in the PEEPS Diorama Contest. Pictured are (front row, l-r) Magdalena LeVan, Angela Hams, Jessica Szuchyt, Tyler Kanas, and (back row, l-r) teacher Stephen Shuey, Jared Goodhile, Chelsea Schneider, Joseph Lear, Corey Snyder, Calvin Ortiz, Adam Orendach, and Brittany Murphy. Not pictured is Alexis Hunsberger.
They worked together as a well-oiled machine.
The end result was a first place finish for a dozen Northern Lehigh High School students who captured a grand prize in the Peeps Diorama Contest.
The students were invited to drop the Just Born PEEPS Chick at First Night Bethlehem after they garnered top honors in the first Lehigh Valley PEEPS Scholastic Diorama Competition.
The competition, held in conjunction with the inaugural PEEPS Fest in Bethlehem, featured more than 100 PEEPS-themed dioramas from 29 schools throughout the Lehigh Valley.
When all was said and done, Northern Lehigh's "Museum of Modern PEEPS" captured first in the ninth- through 12th-grade category.
The grand-prize winner, which was made by students in teacher Stephen Shuey's cultures and crafts class, was called "Museum of Modern PEEPS" and featured PEEPS visiting an art museum.
Shuey said the competition was the end result of an "in-class project."
"They chose to cut out their work that they recreated with PEEPS," Shuey said. "They sprayed them, painted them, cut them up."
The students who took part in the project were senior Jared Goodhile, senior Chelsea Schneider, senior Magdalena LeVan, senior Jessica Szuchyt, Angela Hams, freshman Calvin Ortiz, freshman Tyler Kanas, freshman Adam Orendach, senior Corey Snyder, junior Brittany Jones, junior Joseph Lear, and junior Alexis Hunsberger.
Hams said the team's accomplishment was "pretty cool."
"There were 105 entries, and we got picked," Ham said. "For a small school, for us to be picked was pretty awesome."
Szuchyt said the project was educational.
"We each made our own separate pictures with PEEPS, and we combined them into our own museum," Szuchyt said. "It was fun and interesting for us to incorporate art history into the project."
Ortiz said the students plan to defend their title next year.
"We want to try to keep our winning streak," Ortiz said.
As part of the diorama competition, three first-place winners were also named.
In the kindergarten through fifth-grade category, top honors went to second-grader Jagger Hornik of Bethlehem Christian School for his "Indiana PEEP & the Raiders of the Lost Ike" based on the Indiana Jones movies.
Northampton Area School District Lehigh Elementary School sixth graders Makenzie Kistler and Jaclyn Frey claimed first place in the sixth- through eighth-grade category for their entry, "Disco," which depicts a disco.
In addition to the winners, "The Peepster Express," crafted by more than 100 Lehigh Elementary School third graders, was honored with the PEEPle's Choice Award for its unique take on the movie "The Polar Express."
"The response to this inaugural Lehigh Valley PEEPS Scholastic Diorama Competition was amazing," said Just Born Inc. Vice President of Brand Development & Corporate Services Kathy Bassininski. "The creativity and the combination of current events, historical events and pop culture that students incorporated into their dioramas was something that really made the competition unique.
Bassininski said it wasn't easy for the judging panel to select the winners.
"These students should be extremely proud of all the hard work and thought that they put into their projects," she said. "Through this competition, children of all ages have been able to blend academics, art and PEEPS into a fun, creative learning experience."
The three first-place winners and the grand-prize winner will also receive a tour of the Just Born factory in Bethlehem to see how PEEPS are made.