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Clackamas River Elementary school students participate in annual autumn gourd contest at Fall Family Night

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Clackamas River Elementary School students admire a Snoopy-inspired pumpkin during the school's Fall Family Night.

Harry Potter, the Tin Man, and Captain Underpants were just a few of the characters who could be found in the library at Clackamas River Elementary School last week.

Nearly 100 students turned pumpkins into literary figures for the school's annual Book Character Pumpkin Contest. During the school's fall family night on Thursday, Oct. 24, attendees voted for their favorite of the autumn gourds.

Clackamas River Elementary School Media Specialist Danielle Nerpel said it was fun seeing the student creations after they had spent the week diligently working on them with their families.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Six Clackamas River Elementary students were honored in the schools annual pumpkin decorating contest.

Students honored in the competition were kindergartener Marcus Jerome, who created a T-Rex pumpkin; first grader Brett-Lee O'Meara, who created a pumpkin inspired by the "I Spy" series of books; second grader Wesley Lawyer, who created Blarg from "The Last Kids on Earth" by Max Brallier; third grader Emily Harrington, who created Rosita from "Rosita y Conchita" by Erich Haeger and Eric Gonzalez; fourth grader Summer Price, who created Bad Kitty from the "Bay Kitty" series by Nick Bruel; and fifth grader Abby Bean, who created Tin Man from "The Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum. Kindergartener Alivia Highsmith won overall favorite for her creation of the title character from "The Pout Pout Fish" by Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna.

Nerpel noted that a record number of students participated in the contest this year.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - A variety of pumpkins were on display during Clackamas River Elementary School's Fall Family Night last week.


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