Ashburn, VA (February 22. 2017) – Five LCPS Interact chapters vied for the 2017 Colossal Canned Castle Cup, but Loudoun Hunger Relief was the big winner of their friendly competition.
Interact is a high school service club sponsored by Rotary International. Interact chapters at Broad Run, John Champe, Heritage, Riverside and Stone Bridge took part in this second annual competition on Friday, February 10th.
Students on each campus held canned food drives to collect the necessary building materials. Then, they put their creativity to work to design and build a structure from their cans. While there was no official theme for the contest, Washington landmarks were the most common subjects.
First-time participants at Heritage High School came out strong with a King Kong display. They constructed an Empire State Building from their cans and added a King Kong drawing who batted at paper airplanes. Stick figure drawings of people were attached to cans on the ground level and ran from the scene with their hands in the air.
Riverside High School, the recipients of last year’s first-ever Colossal Canned Castle Cup, returned with another solid performance. They constructed the White House, complete with an American flag flying on top. Their White House was flanked by a student dressed as the Statue of Liberty and the school’s Ram mascot. Patriotic music played in the background of their display.
At Stone Bridge High School, students constructed a replica of the United States Capitol building. Their model featured cans covered in the images of Congressional leaders Paul Ryan, Elizabeth Warren and Mitch McConnell. Students used blue cans to create a faux reflecting pool. The Capitol itself was constructed from cans turned backwards so that the white nutrition information portion of the label would make the structure appear white.
Students at Broad Run also constructed a Capitol Building, but they also added a Washington Monument as well. An especially nice touch – cans with small American flags taped to them – flanked the precariously stacked monument in a circle. Broad Run collected the most canned food items at 1,453. Their Capitol came in at 46 inches tall, while the Washington Monument measured 87 inches tall.
John Champe also was a first-time participant in the contest. Students there played off their Knight mascot in order to have him charge across a draw bridge to a can castle.
The structures were judged by members of local Rotary Clubs and a representative of Loudoun Hunger Relief. They judged the structures on the number of food items collected, the height of the structure the students constructed and artistic merit. This year’s Colossal Canned Castle Cup was awarded to Broad Run.
Interact Club sponsors are: Tom Newman, Broad Run; Beth Jespersen, John Champe; Rachel Llanos, Heritage; Judy Rector, Riverside; and Sarah Shangraw, Stone Bridge.