Imagining the very limits of human potential is no small concept. Christ School’s youngest students continually prove themselves worthy of the challenge.
This is the fourth year that the eighth grade has been tasked with designing an ideal civilization. The boys start with a blank slate and no detail is ignored. Calling on everything learned in their first months as Greenies, they come up with a fictional name for their civilization as well as a made-up landscape, motto, symbol, and value system.
Typically, there is an exhibition attended by family members and friends just before Christmas Break. While the exhibition was held online this year due to COVID-19, the Class of 2025 still made an impression with their virtual or three-dimensional displays.
Materials used to build the physical civilizations included old toys, LEGOs, and Play-Doh. Minecraft, Fortnite, and other 3-D design programs were utilized for the virtual projects.
Eighth Grade Coordinator James Uhler has been sharing some of the presentations in recent assemblies.
Based off nominations from the boys themselves, awards were given out to the following Greenies:
- Grand Prize for the Most Thorough Design and Most Cohesive between the three subjects: Judson Meyers ‘25.
- Most Cohesive: Brendan Selmensberger ’25.
- Best Government Building Design: Colin Breiter ’25.
- Best Architectural Symbolism: Will Walker ’25.
- Best Extrapolation of Social Values: Jacob Beatty ’25.
- Best Biome: Henry Wilhelm ’25.
- Most Innovative Civilization (Virtual): Aidan Poe ’25.
- Most Innovative Civilization (Physical): Jack West ’25.
- Best Myth Writing: James DeYoung ’25.
- Most Creative Myth: John Barton ’25.