Elementary students celebrate fall by decorating pumpkins

As September turned into October, there have been some noticeable changes around us: the days are getting shorter, the leaves are falling, and the weather is turning chillier. ‘Tis the season for fall.

The lower elementary has been celebrating the season by having a pumpkin decorating contest. Kindergarten through third grade competed in a contest by disguising a pumpkin coloring sheet so it wouldn’t get turned into pumpkin pie or a Jack O’ Lantern.

From Mr. Potato Head to unicorns to plague doctors, the pumpkin contest has to be one of the most creative art projects of the year.

As entertaining they were to look at, they were just as fun to make. “It was fun! I made my pumpkin as a donut because it’s my favorite food,” Iris Moore, a first grader, said.

Last week, members of the school, teachers to high school students, judged the elementary art. They chose three winners for first, second and third place from each grade.

“They all did a great job decorating the pumpkins,” an unnamed judge said. “I wish I could give them all first place.”

The winners for these pieces are as follows:

Kindergarten class: first place went to Gunnar Erickson (Mr. Potato Head); second place, Atlas Kelly (cat); third place, Emma Rucker (apple).

First grade: first, Jameson Koehler (John Cena); second, Dahlia Buhsmann (sheep); tie for third, Henley Marks (longhorn cow) and Axyl Rice (his good job board).

Second grade: first, Connor Thompson (plague doctor); second, Amberlin Marks (show steer); third, Winter Wiesley (dragon).

Third grade: first, Alyvia Koehler (octopus); second, Kayleigh Bolz (gum ball machine); third, Ashlynn Riley (zombie mask).

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