Bridgeland architecture students win first place in CANstruction 2017

November 27, 2017

Bridgeland High School architecture teacher Josh Simmons and students Keenah Gonzalez and Isabela Gracia work together to create their CANstruction 2017 project, “Can’t Bear Hunger,” at the Nov. 4 event at CityCentre. (Photo by Evelyn Huerta, Bridgeland HS)
Bridgeland High School architecture teacher Josh Simmons and students Keenah Gonzalez and Isabela Gracia work together to create their CANstruction 2017 project, “Can’t Bear Hunger,” at the Nov. 4 event at CityCentre. (Photo by Evelyn Huerta, Bridgeland HS)

By Bridgeland HS Student Media

Nov. 27, 2017—Taking home first place in the high school division, students from Bridgeland High School participated in the 2017 CANstruction competition hosted by VLK Architects on Nov. 4 at CityCentre.

According to architecture teacher and adviser Josh Simmons, the CANstruction movement is a worldwide event that aims to partner with local food banks to develop a sculpture out of nothing but canned goods. To create their 9-foot sculpture, the students worked together to create the structure—Yogi Bear and his famous picnic basket—as part of their theme “Can’t Bear Hunger.” The theme was a nod to the school’s mascot and Yogi’s love for food.VLK Architects has been working with CFISD for the past seven years. Krista Thomas, an architectural intern with VLK, said the company’s motivation for the event comes from the opportunity to work with students who might be interested in the field.

Bridgeland High School students Noah Bonaventura, left, and Breyton Keneker compete at the CANstruction 2017 event on Nov. 4. (Photo by Evelyn Huerta, Bridgeland HS)
Bridgeland High School students Noah Bonaventura left, and Breyton Keneker compete at the CANstruction 2017 event on Nov. 4. (Photo by Evelyn Huerta, Bridgeland HS)

“We love being able to mentor kids that are interested in our profession and encourage them to express their creativity in ways they might not have before,” Thomas said.

Sophomore Caylea Warden is taking the class as part of her endorsement plan.

“It was really fun,” Warden said. “We spent a long time putting cans up and just planning ahead was really neat. Seeing the final product was the best part because it was a big accomplishment.”

Thomas said she loves being part of VLK because of their commitment to not only building beautiful school campuses but building inside the classroom through projects such as CANstruction. A 2010 Cy-Fair High School alumna, she was also enrolled in the same course as students who participated in the competition.

Bridgeland student Isabela Gracia works on the team’s CANstruction 2017 project, modeled after Yogi Bear and his famous picnic basket. (Photo by Evelyn Huerta, Bridgeland HS)
Bridgeland student Isabela Gracia works on the team’s CANstruction 2017 project, modeled after Yogi Bear and his famous picnic basket. (Photo by Evelyn Huerta, Bridgeland HS)

“I personally love it even more so because I too was a student of CFISD,” Thomas said. “The feeling of going back to the place that helped shape who I’ve become today is so rewarding in itself, working with such amazing students and teachers is the cherry on top.”

Simmons said he is proud of the students for their months of dedication to the project and that the students’ reaction to winning was an awesome sight.

Members of VLK Architects assist Bridgeland students with their CANstruction 2017 project. (Photo by Evelyn Huerta, Bridgeland HS)
Members of VLK Architects assist Bridgeland students with their CANstruction 2017 project. (Photo by Evelyn Huerta, Bridgeland HS)

“The best part was when the presenter asked us how many seniors we had, and we said none,” Simmons said. “We are only made up of freshmen and sophomores. Her response was ‘Well, I guess everyone else should be put on notice.’”

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