The Cherokee County School District recently celebrated the winners of its second annual Minecraft Student Build Challenge, which saw a Creekland Middle School student win first place.

The competition, organized by CCSD’s Office of Technology and Information Services, challenged students in all grades to use redstone in Minecraft: Education Edition to build a device that could make the world a better place.

Students from CCSD elementary, middle and high schools submitted more than 70 entries as individuals or as teams, with three overall winners selected.

Creekland Middle School seventh-grader Timothy Powell earned first place for his entry, “Panda Habitat Rescue and Education Center.” His STEM teacher was Logan Hostetter.

Indian Knoll Elementary School fifth-graders Kylee Bryller and Lauren Friedlander together earned second place for their device, “Automatic Farming to Address World Hunger and Starvation.” Their computer literacy teacher was Marissa Williams.

Macedonia Elementary School fifth-grader Wesley Barker earned third place for his entry, “Reducing Deforestation with Bamboo Farming.” His computer literacy teacher was Tenille Turner.

The winners participated in a Microsoft Teams call with Minecraft: Education Edition staff, and were able to ask questions and get feedback on their builds.

“We were so impressed with the creativity and ideas that were shared by the students,” CCSD Supervisor of Instructional Technology Shannon Carroll said. “Congratulations to these winners – and thanks to all of the students for their entries and hard work.”

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