Gingerbread house competitions are popular. So popular in fact, that DVSS teacher Jason Rasmussen and the FOR (Friends of Rachel) Club decided to change things up a bit for this year's contest.

"In the past we've done gingerbread competitions through our LS (Life Sciences) class and everyone can participate," explained FOR Club member Evelyn Stanger. "But this year, we wanted it to be nomination based so we could whittle out the people who have been doing little good favours and charity work and kindness in our school lately."

The idea was a hit. The nomination box sat in the office and was filled throughout December with the names of deserving students.

"We had a nomination box in the office and teachers and staff could nominate someone they saw doing little good deeds or little acts of kindness," Stanger said. "We made teams based on the nominations."

Stanger herself was nominated by a teacher. She, along with her friends, the Student Council, and Mrs. Olson, spent time after school this month gift-wrapping teachers' classroom doors.

Her team's gingerbread house won top points for creativity.

"It was a war-themed, post-apocalyptic scene. My friend and I have been collecting Kinder Egg surprise toys since the summer, so we used all of those and glued them down. To us, it was a symbol of modern war."

Stanger wanted to thank the community, including the judges, for making the gingerbread competition possible. She says the good deed requirement for entry will probably carry forward to next year.

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