PITTSBURG — Jerrick Meadows, 11, had an interesting answer when judges asked why he built the Statue of Liberty during a Block Kids competition at Pittsburg State University on Saturday.

Meadows and about 45 other first through sixth graders competed in a block building contest using Legos at PSU’s Kansas Technology Center. Competitors were given an hour to create a structure using roughly 80 Legos, aluminum foil, a rock and piece of string. Then, judges came and interviewed each contestant about their creation.

“It’s a party with the president because he was celebrating successfully defeating ISIS,” Meadows told the judges. Later he said “I watch a lot of news.”

The sixth grader said he used different color Legos to illustrate a decorated Statue of Liberty.

Others had more simple reasons for their building chose.

“I really like building stuff,” said Leo Norman, a second grader at St. Mary’s. Norman was wearing a T-Shirt from “The Lego Movie” while building a pyramid.

“I like Egypt,” he said.

Meanwhile, second grader Trystin Owen, was focused in with time running down.

“We’re all trying to win here,” he told his friend who was distracting him. “I need to concentrate.”

Competitors were broken down by grades. First place in each grade won a large toolbox, second place a medium sized toolbox and third place a hat. The winner of each group would go on to a regional Block Kids competition.

“It just lets them have more experience in construction related items and exposure to construction,” said Dennis Audo, coordinator of PSU Block Kids and assistant professor at the school of construction.

Audo said this was the 9th annual Block Kids competition hosted by PSU’s School of Construction. The competition at PSU is part of a national competition put on by the National Association of Women in Construction.

The annual competition is free and open to any first through sixth graders.

— Michael Stavola is a staff writer at The Morning Sun. He can be emailed at mstavola@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @MichaelStavola1.