Kohler Foundation Announces 2018 Gingerbread Winners

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KOHLER, Wis. – January 11, 2019 – The winners of the 22nd annual Waelderhaus Gingerbread Festival competition have been announced by Kohler Foundation. Throughout the month of December, the Waelderhaus was host to a delicious collection of houses, stables, churches, and Christmas villages.  Cash prizes, based on votes tallied from a record 9,400 visitors, are being awarded in six categories. The overall highest vote-getter of the festival was the creative and detailed depiction of “Acuity Insurance” by Mrs. Brown’s Sheboygan County Christian High School class.

The first-place winners in each category were awarded $500.  They include:Pre-school:  St. John Lutheran School, Plymouth (Ms. Christian’s 4K class) “What Do Snowmen Do at Night”Grades K-2: Kohler Public School (Mrs. DeAmico’s 1st grade class) “A Who-Ville Christmas”Grades 3-5:  Sheboygan Falls Elementary (Mrs.Fiorini’s  5th grade Art Enrichment) “Snowstorm Valley”Grades 6-8:  Sheboygan Falls Middle School  (Mrs.Fiorini’s Art Enrichment) “Polar Express” Grades 9-12: Sheboygan County Christian High School (Ms. Brown’s class) “Acuity Insurance”Community Groups: RCS Empowers (Ms. Morse’s Action & Day Service Class) “Bye Bye Birdie”

Second-place winners earned a $250 cash prize.  They include:
Pre-school:  JMKAC/SASD (Keely Phippen’s preschool class) “Treehouse”
Grades K-2: Lake Country Academy (Ms. Grunewald’s kindergarten) “The Three Little Pigs” 
Grades 3-5: Bethlehem Lutheran School  (Ms. Vanic’s 3rd grade class) “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
Grades 6-8: Horace Mann Middle School (Ms. Madgwick’s class) “Nightmare Before Christmas”
Grades 9-12: Random Lake High School (Ms. MacDonald’s RLHS Art Club) “Mid Century Modern”
Community Groups: Hub City 4H Club (Connie LeClair, Advisor) “The Grinch in Whoville”

Third place honorees and recipients of a $100 award are:
Pre-school:  Kohler Public School (Ms. Wittwer’s Junior Kindergarten) “Santa Paws Patrol”
Grades K-2: New Montessori School (Ms Hointink’s 1st & 2nd grade) “Candy Concert”
Grades 3-5:  Sheboygan Falls Elementary (Mrs.Fiorini’s Art Enrichment) “Chilling After Christmas”
Grades 6-8:   Sheboygan Falls Elementary (Mrs.Fiorini’s Art Enrichment) “Snowman’s Cabin”
Grades 9-12: Cedar Grove-Belgium High School (Ms. Urness’s World Food Class) “The Up House”
Community Groups: Plymouth AFS Students (Diane Gafney, Advisor) “Around the World with AFS”

For more information about the Waelderhaus and upcoming events, visit our website at KohlerFoundation.org or ‘Like’ Kohler Foundation on Facebook.

The Waelderhaus is managed by the Kohler Foundation, a private, non-profit foundation that supports the arts, education, and art preservation initiatives.

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