By THERESA PETERSON
IRON MOUNTAIN - Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community Schools Alternative Education students put their pizza-making skills to the test, with local experts serving as judges.
Students in Sally Beauchamp's home economics class in the former East Elementary School competed in the Annual Pizza Challenge.
"The students and judges all enjoyed an afternoon of pizza and fun," Beauchamp said.
The students who entered the challenge were required to make a full pizza from scratch for the contest.
"They selected the type of pizza they wanted to make, created their own crust and sauce and hand-selected their toppings to create their idea of what a great pizza would be." she said.,
Participants included Vanessa Lanthier, Devon Urban, Cody Smith, Paige Vincent, Savahnna Pollock, Dakota Juul, D.J. Burnette, and Tiffany Griswald.
The students created four different pizzas to be critiqued by judges from five Iron Mountain-Kingsford area pizza restaurants.
Judges included Paige Beyers of Mainstreet Pizza, Theresa Peterson of Pizza Oven, John Budge of Pizza Hut, Jacob Griggs of Blackstone Pizza Company, and Nick Steber of Antonio's Pizza Pasta & Pasties.
The pies were judged on appearance, crust, sauce and overall taste.
Budge, of Pizza Hut, was impressed with the overall creativeness of the different pizzas.
"They did a really good job creating their own pizzas," he said.
The first place winner of this year's pizza challenge was Savahnna Pollock, who created a stuffed crust cheese pizza using a homemade mushroom sauce.
"The dough was homemade, I used mozzarella and a three cheese shredded blend, added mushroom and garlic to my sauce and sweetened it with brown sugar. I made it with love," said Pollock.
The second place pizza was a stuffed crust cheese pizza with ham and onions, third place was a Chicago style double stuffed pizza and fourth place was a Mexican pizza.
Theresa Peterson's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.