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01-14-14: Students build award-winning doghouse
01-14-14: Students build award-winning doghouse

For the second consecutive year, Rogers High School Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) Program students have designed and built a wooden doghouse that landed them a first place trophy and $500 in a recent construction contest.

Students won the 2013 Pierce County Career Day doghouse construction competition in November with their version of an enclosed travel trailer.Image


The blue trailer includes a ledge on the back with two carved holes to fit a food and water dish. It also features wheels and tires donated by Kart-O-Rama in Sumner.


The objective of this year’s contest was for students to design and construct a durable, environmentally-friendly, and functional doghouse. Through the process, students applied principles of blueprint reading, integrated design, sustainability, and innovation.

Entrants were asked to build a house for a medium-sized dog that fits within a 4-foot by 4-foot area, is no more than 5 feet in height, and is easy to transport.


Last year, ACE students built a Dr. Seuss-inspired whimsical doghouse design that featured curved walls and carved paw prints.


The Architectural Woodwork Institute Washington chapter auctioned off the student work and gave the $300 in proceeds to the Northwest Harvest hunger relief agency, said ACE teacher Jon Cerio.

Pierce County Career Day, held at the Washington State Events Center in Puyallup, is a day set aside to provide teens with hands-on exposure to diverse and growing careers.


The Pierce County Construction Partnership hosts more than 2,000 Pierce County students and provides interactive exhibits to show them technical skills required to be successful in diverse and growing careers. Students learn about internships, registered apprenticeships, training resources, and careers in construction, aerospace, engineering, manufacturing, utilities, and transportation.


The Rogers High students competed against high school students from nine other Pierce County high schools in the doghouse construction event. The $500 received for first place will be used to purchase equipment or materials to support student learning in the ACE program, Cerio said.


The following nine students helped construct the winning doghouse: Darick Chai, Amanda Eldridge, Cohl Ellis, Isidro Garcia, Jayson Lyons, Kelton Spagnoli, Alex Svensson, Donald Rose, and Thomas Welker.