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July 26, 2013

Contest depicts military life through interlocking blocks

Soldiers from Company A, 2-13th Aviation Regiment, fill out sheets of paper to judge the Lego® Building Competition July 17. Judging was open to the public for about two weeks.

Local Lego® enthusiasts presented their best military-themed creations in Fort Huachuca’s first-ever Lego® Building Competition at Murr Community Center this month, hosted by the Family & Morale, Welfare and Recreation Directorate. Twelve entries depicted a range of military life including installations, combat planes and vehicles.

Contestants fell into four different age groups: 4-6, 7-10, 11-17 and 18 or older. While the majority of entries came from children, there was one adult entry. Each contestant had to follow rules of using no kits to create their entries, and the Lego® creation had to fit on a 24-by-24 inch square. Amber Kinslow, FMWR advisor, found the Lego® builds to be extremely detail-oriented.

“[People were] very surprised at the creativity of the young kids,” Kinslow said. “That was the criteria; they had to build it themselves – they couldn’t have an adult help them.”

Lego® entries in the 7-10 age group included a scout base with transportation and maintenance and a Rhino improvised explosive device vehicle. Children and adults had the opportunity to build a military-themed entry in the first Lego® Building Competition held in the Murr Community Center this month.

Contestants had about a month to put their creation together. From July 15 through Sunday, anyone could stop by Murr Community Center to look at the models and judge the entries. There were 158 votes which were tallied Monday to determine the winners.

Philip Smith took the 4-6 year-old category with “Buffalo Soldier Huachuca.” Eric Cunningham won first place for “USS Iowa,” and Mateo Incorvaia’s “UAV School” finished 2nd in the 7-10 age group. Jermaine Maisonet was the winner in the 11-17 category with “Capturing Bin Laden,” and Sue Higgins took first place among those 18 and older with her “Rhino IED Vehicle.”

According to Kinslow, since this was the first competition, every participant walked away with a prize, whether they won in their age category or not. Each of the Lego®-lovers received none other than more Legos®, and Higgins, adult winner, received a small set of Legos® and a gift card.

The idea for the event came from Lourdes Hupp, FMWR recreation specialist. She learned that other installations were hosting their own Lego® contests.

“I came across that event and said, ‘you know, this is something I could bring to Fort Huachuca,’” Hupp explained.

Seeing the interest and success of the contest, Hupp and the rest of the FMWR team plan to host another Lego® Building Competition in October. For more information, contact the Murr Community Center, 533.2404.

 

“Buffalo Soldier Huachuca,” by Philip Smith, won the “children 4-6” category in Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s first Lego® Building Competition. Members of the Fort Huachuca community had the opportunity to see creations like this one in the Murr Community Center this month.

 

The USS Iowa, a model entered into the Fort Huachuca Family & Morale Welfare and Recreation Directorate’s first Lego® Building Competition, was the only entry in the contest copied from a photo and re-created using Lego® blocks. It earned first place for its builder, Eric Cunningham, in the 7-10 category.

 

Getting creative with the military theme of the contest, the “Capturing of [Osama] Bin Laden” won Jermaine Maisonet 1st place in the “children 11-17” age group in the Fort Huachuca Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s first-ever Lego® Building Competition. All contestants needed to come up with an original creation, without building something solely using a Lego® kit.

 

“Welcome Home Troops” was one of the entries in the Family & Morale, Welfare and Recreation Directorate’s first-ever Lego® Building Competition on Fort Huachuca. Members of the military community had the opportunity to see Lego® creations like this one in the Murr Community Center last week and judge the competition.

 




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