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Sunday, 13 February, 2011 8:02 PM

Oakland Community College wins MGM Grand Detroit Ice Sculpture Competition

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Garrett Godwin interviews the first place team from Oakland Community College.

 

by Garrett Godwin
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DETROIT -- With two snow storms so far, it has been a blast for the state of Michigan, but in a bad way. Outside the MGM Grand parking lot was the Ice Sculpture competition, where students from community colleges that featured Oakland, Macomb and Henry Ford competed for scholarship prizes of their choice in majors; some of them also worked on sculptures for the Motown Winter Blast. The events were not connected -- however, they both took place over the same weekend in downtown Detroit.

"We say it's a prelude to the Winter Blast," said Dee Dee McKinney Odom, director of public affairs for MGM Grand Detroit. "Since 2006, over the past five years, MGM Grand Detroit has committed over $500,000 to the education of culinary hospitality. We just wanted to extend opportunities to our local community colleges with scholarships. 'Touch the Lion' is the brand that we have here at MGM Grand Detroit. Today, we have three local community colleges represented here. We'll just let some of our traffic throughout the weekend look at it."

The ice carving team from Oakland Community College took first place and received a $2,000 scholarship.

"We started out with the sea life theme and that's been our theme throughout the competition season," said Jason Smith from the OCC team who worked with Amy Knoles on their sculpture. "We've done really well with it. We're going to split it [the scholarship]. I'm going to buy power tools, new tools to play with, ice sculpting tools."

Students from Macomb Community College came in second place and got a $1,000 scholarship.

"This is basically our abstract piece, we called it supernova," said Brad Groszkiewicz of the MCC team, who worked with Al Bock on their carving. "This is about the fifth version of this one. We change a few things up. We enjoy this piece a lot. We think it's very striking to the eye and a wow factor to it. They are all the same, 10-inch balls, the hardest thing to carve out of ice. So we try to throw a different twist on it, put some spires on it to make it look like a supernova there. It's not a lot of times when you see something like this. We can put it toward ice carving class or books."

The ice carving team from Henry Ford Community College took third place and received a $500 scholarship.

"We're warmer now that we've stopped," said Shannon Carey of the HFCC team, who worked with Paul Nuznov on their carving. "One of our teammates made a homemade cooler where we could warm up our gloves. I'm actually a graphic design major so probably classes in that to help further my studies. I'm actually a student at HFCC and at Wayne State. I have my Associate's from Henry Ford and now i'm pursuing my Bachelor's degree in graphic design."

Each community college had two ice carving teams in the competition. The culinary arts students had two blocks of ice and a three-hour time limit to complete their sculptures.

"These ice sculptures are too delicate to move," McKinney Odom added. "We just going to leave them here. They are too delicate. Yes, it is open. For anybody who'd like to come in to see the ice carvings, feel free to see the ice carvings."

This year's theme was "Touching Communities, Touching Lives." The ice sculptures were on display all weekend at the Grand Garden, across the street from the MGM Grand Detroit self-parking garage.

It was a great addition to downtown Detroit along with the Motown Winter Blast, which took place at Campus Martius Park.

 

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Garrett Godwin speaks with Al Bock and Bradley Groszkiewicz from Macomb Community College.

 

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Paul Nuznov and Shannon Carey from Henry Ford Community College.

 

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AmericaJR.com's Garrett Godwin interviews Dee Dee McKinney Odon, the director of community affairs at the MGM Grand Detroit Casino.

 

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Each carving team had three hours to create an ice sculpture from two blocks of ice.

 

 

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