OWOSSO HIGH SCHOOL student Sean Michael-Morris carves details onto his team’s snow sculpture entry at the 25th annual Snowfest in Frankenmuth on Jan. 28 and 29. The team had 22 hours to sculpt the 6-foot by 8-foot block of snow. (Courtesy Photos)
By Janae Fear, staff writer
Frankenmuth held their 25th annual Snowfest which included a High School Snow Sculpture competition Jan. 28 and 29. Both Owosso High School and Corunna High School sent teams to the competition.
Corunna was able to take second place in their fourth year of competing. According to Shannon Dasen, the high school art teacher, the team started preparing for the competition in October. Seniors Kristy Whalen and Brook Fugate and Juniors Bridget Napier and Bailey Hart created a design called “Bonds are Broken” inspired by the love and bond that grows between a horse and rider and the separation that Whalen will have to endure when she leaves for college. The team practiced carving six inch by eight-inch clay models leading up to the competition where they were required to recreate the design on a six-foot by eight-foot block of snow in just 22 hours.
Owosso has been competing for the past nine years, sending two teams over the past six years. Former high school art teacher, Marti Lameti is credited with getting OHS involved in the competition. They have placed in the top three, four out of the past nine years, taking first place in 2010 and 2014. “We did not place this year, but we were able to complete two successful sculptures,” said Phil Gobel, OHS visual arts teacher. Gobel’s team consisted of captain Max LeDuc, Raven Seidelman, Catilin Bensinger, Ellen Campbell and Ben Wiese serving as alternate. The other team was led by Jayne Brown, OHS fine arts teacher and consisted of captain Sean Michael-Morris, Lilly Smith, Devon Curry and Allyson Hemgesberg.