Area students had a sweet start to the New Year when their dioramas were chosen as winners in the 2015 PEEPS® Scholastic Diorama Competition during PEEPSFEST®, the free family festival presented by Just Born Quality Confections and ArtsQuest Dec. 30-31. More than 140 dioramas incorporating PEEPS® candy were created by local school children and were on display during the event, which took place at SteelStacks in Bethlehem.

“New Year’s Eve in NYC,” created by Joseph P. Liberati 5th grade students Nathaniel Lycette and Brandon Verna, was named the “PEEP-les Choice” winner based on voting at the festival, while “Peep State,” done by St. John Vianney 8th graders Hannah Kistler and Raymond Kromer, was named “Best in Show” by the official PEEPSFEST® judging panel. Both groups of students won PEEPS & COMPANY® Gift Bags and were invited to help drop the giant PEEPS® Chick on New Year’s Eve to count down the coming of the New Year.

The complete list of diorama competition winners is:


Kindergarten-2nd Grade
1st place: Remembering Paris
Calypso Elementary School, Bethlehem – 2nd grade – Allison Shook

2nd place: Peeps on Ice
Calypso Elementary School, Bethlehem – Kindergarten – Megan Shook

3rd – 5th Grades
1st place: New Year’s Eve in NYC
Joseph P. Liberati Intermediate School, Center Valley – 5th grade – Nathaniel Lycette and Brandon Verna

2nd place: LV Phantoms Fight Back to Win!
St. Anne’s School, Bethlehem – 4th grade – Alex Greenberg, Malcolm Collins and Robert Welsh

6th Grade
1st place: Project Peepway
Joseph P. Liberati Intermediate School, Center Valley – Amanda Haussmann and Evie Braden

2nd place: Peep Washington Crossing the Delaware
Liberty Bell Elementary School, Coopersburg – Samantha Haggenbuch

7th – 12th Grades
1st place: Peep State
St. John Vianney Regional School, Allentown – 8th grade – Hannah Kistler and Raymond Kromer

2nd place: Walkin’ in a Winter Candyland
St. John Vianney Regional School, Allentown – 7th Grade – Christopher Faccniao and Adam Pryblick

PEEPSFEST® 2016 is set for Dec. 30-31 at SteelStacks. For more information, visit