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Dioramas showcase great celebrations in history

Using confectionary chicks and imagination, students at the University of North Georgia (UNG) created dioramas featuring some of the most momentous celebrations in the history of the world during the fifth Annual Peeps Diorama contest.

A multitude of colored marshmallow Peeps greeted visitors and judges from diorama stages cut from cardboard. Whether lighthearted or serious, each display focused upon a moment or day in history that caused celebration, hence the theme of the contest, "Great Celebrations."

Peeps 2014 Civil Rights
A diorama depicting the Civil Rights Movement.

"This year's Peeps competition really raised the bar for Peep dioramas everywhere," said Dr. Victoria Hightower, assistant professor of Middle East history, who helped organize the event. "Both in physical construction and in ideas, these were fantastic! We had many really brilliant applicants, some of whom reflected UNG's ongoing commitment to promoting global citizens, while other dioramas focused on American history or literature. As one of the organizers, I would like to see more Peep dioramas from the sciences in next year's competition."

Entries included important historical events such as the Boston Tea Party, William Shakespeare's 450th Birthday, the Civil Rights Movement, and Women's Suffrage and the 19th Amendment, but also included more comical events such as a paternity reveal episode on a daytime talk show.

One diorama mixed drama with humor. Two Peeps sat on top of a large white orb designed to look like the moon, with an artful representation of planet Earth in the background. The caption read, "One giant Peep for mankind."

"My first thoughts were of the usual stuff like New Year's Day and Independence Day, but I wanted something different," said Sherry Parker,  a junior majoring in Spanish, whose diorama "Festival of Colors" won first place for best expression of theme. "I have seen images of Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors, with kids covered in colors and everyone having fun. I made my final decision when I discovered that Holi is celebrated in March, so it seemed perfect for my Peeps."

Peeps 2014 Paternity Reveal
This diorama mimics a paternity reveal on television.

The following students won awards for their dioramas:

  • Sherry Parker - Festival of Colors: first place for best expression of theme, second place for best craftsmanship
  • Alison Bear - The Peep in the White City: first place for best craftsmanship, first place for "Peep-le's Choice," second place for best expression of theme
  • Mallory Moore - Chicks Celebrate the Right to Vote: first place for funniest
  • Dylan Nelson - The Boston Tea Party: second place for funniest, second place for "Peep-le's Choice"
  • "Mikey & Daisy" (pseudonyms) - You Are the Father!: first place for best pop culture theme
  • Kaitlin Brackett - Peeps Planting for Victory: second place for best pop culture theme
  • Christina Baur & Cory Foley - Masquerade with my Peeps: third place for "Peep-le's Choice"

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