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Queen's team wins annual snow sculpture competition

 
2011-02-09
[The Queen's team poses with its winning sculpture]The Queen's team poses with its winning sculpture.

It took weeks of planning, 24 consecutive hours of hard labour, and a lot of teamwork to build a replica of the Coliseum out of snow. But a group of Queen’s students recently did just that, and won the Downtown Kingston! BIA’s annual snow sculpture competition in the process.

“We just kind of took a step back and looked at what we had put together. It looked really good,” says Josh Levitan, a second-year Mathematics and Engineering student and chair of the Engineering Society’s External Relations Committee. “Looking at the plan and knowing we had 24 hours to do it, we knew we had a lot to do, but we did it and the smiles on people’s faces were just incredible.”

For six years, Queen’s has participated in the friendly competition alongside students from Royal Military College (RMC) and more recently St. Lawrence College to see who can build the most impressive structure out of snow. But this is the first year the Queen’s team came out on top.

“We had a ton of people there,” says Mr. Levitan. “We could not have done it without the volunteers who came and helped out.”

A team of 60 Queen’s students – most of them engineers – participated in the competition, one of the many events featured at Feb Fest, the BIA’s annual winter festival. The team received an outline of instructions and a theme: famous architects and architecture.

Many of the students spent 20 hours working on the sculpture, going home for short breaks or to warm up. Culinary students from St. Lawrence made food for the teams, and volunteers passed out food and hot drinks to keep the builders going.

The teams and free-standing snow sculptures were judged on several criteria, including enthusiasm, application of engineering principles, and curb appeal. The students also gave the judges a tour of the structure.

In addition to the coveted Golden Shovel trophy, the team won $500, which will be given to the Engineering Society.
 

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