HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) -
A total of 21 students from five different colleges in Michigan and Ohio competed this past weekend in the fifth annual National Ice Carving Association (NICA) Collegiate Invitational in Downtown Holland.
During the course of the two-day event, the students used everything from chainsaws and torches to hot irons and chisels to carve works of art from 300-pound blocks of ice.
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They competed in two events -- a compulsory buffet-style sculpture competition and a four-hour freestyle competition.
The finished pieces were judged by the team coaches, all of whom are certified in the NICA standards of judging.
At a private awards dinner following the invitational, NICA awarded prizes to both the winning teams and individual carvers.
For the team prizes, each school received an engraved plaque and a gift certificate for carving tools.
The first place team with the highest overall score was Oakland Community College.
Henry Ford Community College took second place, while the University of Akron placed third.
The carver with the top individual score was Maryse Richards from Oakland Community College. Her sculpture was titled "The Chameleon."
The second place winner was Lindsay Wood, from Oakland Community College, for her sculpture "Flying Fish."
Aaron Whitten, from Oakland Community College, took third place for his unique sculpture entitled "Dragonfly."
The National Ice Carving Association sponsored the event.
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