Local students milk their talent to vie for $5,000 prize

By Chris Collins April 22, 2013 12:34 pm

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Student Matt Hoecker works with one of the two milk-carton replicas of the present-day memorials. In background is student Tori Hawkins.
S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Student Matt Hoecker works with one of the two milk-carton replicas of the present-day memorials. In background is student Tori Hawkins.

By Chris Collins

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Voting begins today in the “Made By Milk” contest featuring a project created by students in Gere Richardson’s culinary class at Eagle Cap innovative high school.

Nine students entered the contest, which offers a chance to win up to $5,000 for school and community projects.

The contest is open only to schools and is divided by grade levels to include elementary (Grades 1-4), middle (Grades 5-8) and high school (Grades 9-12). 

In this spring’s contest, students were challenged to use at least 100 lunch milk cartons to create a landmark. 

The Eagle Cap students created a replica of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City and even included the memorial grounds that stand there today in honor of those who died in the attack, Richardson said.

The Made by Milk Carton Contruction Contest was begun in August 2012 and is sponsored by Evergreen Packaging. Prizes are awarded in separate contests each semester, according to the company’s website. The fall 2012 contest theme was habitats.

To vote on the projects and for more information, go to madebymilkcontest.com.

Barry Nemec, Eagle Cap principal, said the class hopes to win money to help pay for kitchen improvements for the culinary class. They are especially in need of an additional kitchen range and oven or a venting hood to accompany a fryer for the classroom, he said.