Haywood students compete in LEGO contest

Dec 31, 2013
Photo by: Donated photos TALENTED LEGO ARTISTS — Above, Bradford Shipley (at left) and Tristin Goode and are pictured with their creation “Termite-atron Attacks” before the arboretum event. Pictured below are Haywood residents James, Robin and Jordan Cloninger.

Haywood County was well represented in the LEGO® exhibit at the NC Arboretum, which was held this fall. There were about 121 entries in the competition, in categories, age 3 to adult, and most were in the 10 to 14-age category.

The competition was staged in conjunction with the fanciful LEGO® art exhibit “Some Assembly Required,” by LEGO artist Sean Kenney, who displayed 27 larger-than-life sculptures built from nearly 500,000 LEGO bricks. The exhibit continues through Jan. 5, 2014.

Children and adults can view with the entries in the age-graded exhibit, from age 3 to adult, in the Baker Center. It also contains one of Kenney’s works, Moth Orchid. Then, visitors may then wander through the arboretum gardens to see Kenny’s giant LEGO sculptures, inspired by nature.

Bradford Shipley and Tristin Goode entered their creation "Termite-atron Attacks" into the competition. The team won third place in the 10 to 14-age category. Both boys, who are 10, are students at Clyde Elementary.

Goode also won second place last year at the Waynesville library LEGO event.

“Tristin has a LEGO city and a science museum in his room and moved his bed out,” said his mother Wende Goode.

Three other students from Haywood County participated in the competition, James, Robin and Jordan Cloninger. The Cloningers are home-schooled and attend Deep Young Academy. James, 5, created “Treetop Tower,” Robin, 9, created "Asian Restaurant" and Jordan, 11, entered his creation "B2 Bomber."

For more information on the LEGO exhibit or the competition, visit www.ncarboretum.org or call 665-2492.


Editor's note: The LEGO exhibit at the NC Arboretum has been extended to Feb. 2.