HFC Ice Carving Club places 3rd in collegiate nationals

Photo courtesy of Henry Ford College Henry Ford College Ice Carving Club members Mark Tampakes (bottom) and Steve McCormick work on their sculpture called “Invisible Touch” at the National Ice Carving Association National Collegiate Championships.

Photo courtesy of Henry Ford College
Henry Ford College Ice Carving Club members Mark Tampakes (bottom) and Steve McCormick work on their sculpture called “Invisible Touch” at the National Ice Carving Association National Collegiate Championships.

DEARBORN — The Henry Ford College Ice Carving Club placed third at the National Ice Carving Association National Collegiate Championships at Zehnder’s Snow Fest in Frankenmuth Jan. 28 and 29.

The club’s overall score at the competition of 453.3 was edged out by Macomb Community College with 453.7 and champion Oakland Community College with 454.4.

In overall individual rankings, Mark Tampakes, president of the HFC Ice Carving Club, placed third with an overall score of 227.5. He also received an honorable mention, placing third in the compulsory category; a silver medal, placing fifth in the singles category; and a bronze medal, placing second in the team category.

Steve McCormick, club secretary, placed fourth with an overall score of 225.8 in overall individual rankings. Additionally, he received an honorable mention in the compulsory category; a silver medal, placing third in the singles category; and a bronze medal, placing second in the team category.

Club member Robert Speeks also won a bronze medal in the singles category and an honorable mention in the team category. Club vice president Jayme Slais won an honorable mention in both the singles and the team categories.

“Our students competed against other collegiate ice carvers from around the country,” said Jeffrey Lao, advisor of the HFC Ice Carving Club. “They performed very well and took third place overall. I’m very proud of their efforts and dedication.”

For further information about the HFC Ice Carving Club, contact Lao at 313-845-6391 or Jjlao1@hfcc.edu, or go to www.HFCCice.com.