HEILONGJIANG – Thai vocational students once again have won awards at an international ice carving and snow sculpture competition at the annual Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in China.
Vocational Education Commission (VEC) secretary-general Chaiyapruk Serirak said two teams of Thai students won two awards at the “6th International Collegiate Snow Sculpture Contest 2014” held January 4th through yesterday in Heilongjiang province in China.
The World Championship award went to a team of four Thai students from Saraburi Vocational College for their creation of the”Wonder of Thailand”, a work comprising a Thai-styled pagoda, chapel and a three-wheeled Thai taxi, a samlor or tuk-tuk.
Students from Trat Technical College were awarded second runner-up for their creation of “Friendship”, comprising characters from Thai and Chinese literature.
This year, 61 teams from 13 countries gathered to take part in the four-day Harbin International Ice Carving event, then themed “Inspiration Snow Dream”. They were given three days to create their masterpieces in a minus 10 degrees Celsius temperature.
According to Mr Chaiyapruk, this is the fifth consecutive year since 2010 that Thai students won first prize in this ice carving and snow sculpture competition. It shows that their skills learned at vocational schools are practical. The awards would boost the students’ confidence and sense of pride.
Thai students and team are scheduled to return to Thailand later today