Forty-four classes competed Friday in the Lorain County JVS pumpkin design contest.
Students Corrin Clark, Erica Pickett, Zach Caldwell, and Will Alexander came up with the idea for the contest after wanting to host multiple Halloween events at the vocational school to raise money for Special Olympics in conjunction with Business Professionals of America.
Clark said the idea to design pumpkins came after the group thought about how not everyone gets to carve or design a pumpkin at home — so why not do it at school?
“It was fun for everyone,” Pickett said.
Each program and grade level received a pumpkin if they were interested in competing.
There was only one rule: “They were told to use supplies from their program,” said JVS web and graphic design instructor Tina Krosse, who helped the students launch the design contest.
Students interested in judging the pumpkins received two ballots to pick their favorite design.
The winner was the Maintenance Services Program with a pumpkin designed to look like Mike Wazowski from the Disney movie “Monsters, Inc.”
The 44 pumpkins ranged from characters from the movie Monsters, Inc. to the cookie monster, a nurse, a hamburger, a cat, a dog, and even a pineapple.
“I think they came out great,” Caldwell said looking at the pumpkins.
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