The Westerville City School District’s 14th Annual LEGO Competition transitioned to a virtual event due to school facilities being closed in April. The competition is open to elementary and middle school students from Westerville City Schools and St. Paul School. Competitors can build anything they want, as long as they design it themselves; No pre-packaged LEGO sets are permitted to be built.
Westerville North Academic Boosters (WNAB) sponsors the event, with proceeds benefiting the organization. Money raised by this year’s event was enough to fund two $500 scholarships for graduating Westerville North students. WNAB partnered with the Ohio LEGO User Group (OhioLUG) to provide a virtual event that enabled students to build their design and receive free online feedback from members of the OhioLUG midway through the event.
“We have heard numerous comments about how students enjoyed creating their builds while being stuck at home,” said WNAB’s Alan Pate. “The nature of the event enabled OhioLUG the opportunity to provide great feedback to students as they worked on their builds.”
Winners for this year’s LEGO contest are:
- Kindergarten 1st Place, Gavin Dwyer, Mark Twain, A House on the Lake; 2nd Place, Drew Hallahan, Whittier, Lobster on Vacation.
- First Grade 1st Place, Emma Ghitescu, Hanby, Pete the Cat's Playground; 2nd Place, Drew Ellyn Jones, Whittier, My Dreamhouse.
- Second Grade 1st Place, Eli Nichols, Annehurst, Building a Park; 2nd Place, Caden Rishel, Cherrington, The Terrible Titan.
- Third Grade 1st Place, Nyla Sheets, Emerson, Underwater World; 2nd Place, Liam Burgess, Mark Twain, A War.
- Fourth Grade 1st Place, Aaren Decker, Hanby, Ash Spawn Monster vs. Flat Tail Monster; 2nd Place, Charlie Young, St. Paul, Crazy Apartment Building.
- Fifth Grade 1st Place, Helen Ghitescu, Emerson, Crafting Music; 2nd Place, Holden Gray, Robert Frost, Mutated Carrot at Power Plant.
- Middle School 1st Place, Brayden Burgess, Walnut Springs, Lego City Harbor; 2nd Place, Colin Smiley, Genoa, Assault on Imperial Base on Mustafar.
- Most Improved, Ethan Hunt, Walnut Springs, The Red Rocket Coaster.
- Jareth Greene Best-in-Show, Eli Walters, Robert Frost, Three Birds on a Branch.
Mark your calendars for next year's event, planned for March 20 at Westerville North High School.