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TCAT students get in Halloween spirit
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Industrial electricity student David McBride won first place in the pumpkin decoration contest Tuesday at Tennessee College of Applied Technology. - photo by Lacy Garrison

The Halloween spirit was celebrated with creativity during Tennessee College of Applied Technology’s yearly pumpkin decorating contest Tuesday.

During this year’s competition, 11 student entries were lined up on tables competing for bragging rights along with a gift card.

“It was hard to choose from all the options that we had,” said judge Dale Humphrey, hospital CEO. “We saw a lot of creativity across the board in looking at the effort provided, the time and level of detail. Very well-done.”

The four-panel group of judges selected a pumpkin created by industrial electricity student David McBride as the first-place winner. Inspired by the film “Ghost Rider,” McBride’s pumpkin stood on its own and creepily taunted those who walked by.

McBride described the many elements of his creation. Undernealth the leather jacket and jeans were two-by-four and paper shreds to help the body stand along with wires. Inside the pumpkin head, was a speaker which created audio effects. 

“The body took about a week and the head took about a day,” said McBride. “I’m most proud of the jacket with the spikes and the chain.”

Second place went to cosmetology students Abigail Taylor, Jessica Barrera and Jaylan Smith for their Pennywise the Dancing Clown painted pumpkin that donned arms and the illusion he was coming up from a drain. With a bloody sign saying “we all float down here” along with spider webs and lights, this IT-inspired creation was hauntingly brilliant. 

Honorable mention went to Shannah Frame, Rachel Knost and Annie Davis, also in the cosmetology program, for their glamour pumpkin. This group artistically painted a face using human makeup, hair and fake eyelashes.

The student choice winner was a Cookie Monster pumpkin painted by LPN student Jaime Scott.