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1.5.15: Rogers High students build award-winning doghouse
1.5.15: Rogers High students build award-winning doghouse
Posted on 01/05/2015

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


The winning team —a group of 11 female Rogers High ACE Program students — snatched the top prize at the 2014 Pierce County Career Day doghouse construction competition with their “Romani Waggin” entry.


The doghouse is fashioned after the Romani Wagon, a traditional and intricately-designed horse-drawn wagon used by British Romani people as their home.


A team of six other Rogers High School ACE Program students won second place in the contest with a doghouse designed as a Geodesic dome.


The Master Builders Association of Pierce County hosted the November 13 doghouse construction competition, which challenged competitors to design and build a durable, environmentally-friendly and functional doghouse.


Through the process, students applied principles of blueprint reading, integrated design, sustainability and innovation. Teams were also scored on their business and marketing plans.


“We wanted to make it culturally true,” said senior Amanda Eldridge, who competed on the winning team. “A lot of their designs are intricate, and they take pride in what they do.”


The “Romani Waggin” is hand painted on the exterior and upholstered on the interior with handmade curtains, pillows and bed crafted by students. Students used recyclable burlap bags, formerly used for coffee beans, to insulate the doghouse and stuff the pillows inside.


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 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.


Last year, students won the competition with their version of an enclosed travel trailer, which included a ledge on the back and two carved holes to fit a food and water dish. In 2012, Rogers High ACE students built a Dr. Seuss-inspired whimsical doghouse design that featured curved walls and carved paw prints.


This year’s first-place team includes ACE Program students Jillian Leonard, Isabelle Obregon, Katie Thoensen, Cydney Beckwith, Alex Melroe, Ali McLaughlin, Lettie Cole, Amanda Eldridge, Alishia Serres, Samantha McKechnie and Sophia Ko.


The second-place team includes Donald Rose, Jayson Lyons, Cohl Ellis, Isidro Garcia, Luis Tovar and Collin Barkley.