ROBERTSDALE, Alabama --- After taking home eight medals in state competition last month, Career Tech Education students from Central Baldwin Middle School are gearing up for the national competition.
Students in the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) program at CBMS brought home one bronze and seven silver medals from the state S.T.A.R. (Students Taking Action with Recognition) competition, which was held March 8 and 9 at Auburn University at Montgomery.
“We are so proud of them,” said Dawn Hopper, Family Consumer Sciences Career Tech Education teacher who oversees the FCCLA program at CBMS. “I think they did really well.”
Four of the silver medal winners received recognition to represent Alabama at the 2012 National Leadership Conference, which will be held July 8-12 in Orlando, Fla.
Sarah Devine, along with Ashlee Kendrick and Olivia Kendrick, will be representing Central Baldwin at the national competition winning a silver medal with their National Programs in Action Community Service project.
For the National Programs in Action competition they chose a community service project.
The project was split into multiple parts, the first coordinating with the William F. Green Veterans Home in Bay Minette. The three students adopted three veterans through the Home’s Christmas Angel Tree program raising $350 which they used to shop for gifts from a Christmas wish list.
Next, the girls worked with the building construction class at the South Baldwin Center for Technology, splitting the cost of a $380 project to build planters which will be installed at the Veterans Home . The project also includes the collection of plastic bottles, which will be filled with top soil and used as individual planters as part of a conservation project.
The final portion of the project was the organization and implementation of a blood drive at the school.
For Sarah, a seventh grader, this was her first competition and she said the anticipation waiting to receive scores in the state competition was both nerve-wracking and exciting.
“I can’t wait to see how we do at nationals,” she said. “Hopefully we can take home a bronze, silver, or gold medal there.”
Shelby Ray and Morgan Baron also brought home a silver medal from the national competiton and are looking forward to representing the school in Orlando.
The two eighth graders competed in the Chapter Showcase competition, putting together a scrapbook which chronicled the accomplishments and activities of the class, using photos, newspaper clippings, fliers, programs and other materials.
“We hope to bring home the gold and represent Alabama,” said Shelby.
Eighth grader Kanosha Porter will represent CBMS at nationals after her silver medal performance at the state level.
Through Career Investigations, Kanosha’s focus was to prepare for the multiple roles of men and women in today’s society by job shadowing a career that interested her. She chose nursing.
She created a power point presentation of her interviews with nurses and provided samples of her work.
She said she was scared and nervous having to give a presentation at the state competition.
“But it’s exciting to be able to go on to nationals and I’m really looking forward to it,” she said.
Eighth grader Summer Allen received a silver medal in the Food Innovations Event competition.
Students in the Career Tech Education program at Central Baldwin Middle School are hard at work preparing for competitions set to begin next month and they are hoping that hard work pays off with a trip to nationals.
For her project, she began with a recipe, tested the recipe on focus groups, and modified the recipe based on data collected from the focus groups.
She prepared the recipe in advance for judges at the competition and judging was based on the taste of the finished product, as well as analysis of the data compiled during the study.
Summer was able to improve on her bronze medal performance from last year and said she was even more nervous flying solo at this year’s competition.
“I had a partner last year, but this year I was by myself,” she said. “Everyone in my group was really nice and polite.”
Eighth grader Rebecca Lomax and seventh grader Julia Weaver brought home silver in the Life Event Planning Competition.
Their focus was to plan their trip to the National Competition, scoping out the best deals on hotels and travel, while planning both scheduled itineraries and extra outings, including a trip to Disney World.
Eighth graders Hannah Gremillion and Dera Pugh received a silver medal for their Entrepreneurship project.
Their project included making and implementing a business plan. Through their business, Southern Belle Sweets, they make and sell cookies, figuring cost and profit margin as a fundraising project.
Seventh grader Carol Ann Salter won a silver medal in the Applied Technology competition.
For her project she developed a PowerPoint presentation on cyberbullying using photos and articles to define cyberbullying, plus ways to prevent cyberbullying and what you can do if you feel you are a victim of cyberbullying.
Seventh grader Sarah Stevens received a bronze medal for her Recycling Redesign competition.
As part of the competition, she developed products using recycled materials. She constructed a bird feeder, bird bath and wind chimes from old hubcaps and silverware.
She said she is proudest that the competition allowed her to “stand up to my fear of stage fright.”
“Central Baldwin is humbled by the outcome from state results and continues to work preparing to represent our great state of Alabama at the (national competition),” Hopper said. “To have four of our eight teams compete is tremendous.”
Teams are drafting letters to request financial support to attend the national competition, Hopper said. They are looking to raise about $8,000 for hotel, transportation and meals.
“Not only will students compete with students from throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, but they will also attend energetic general sessions and participate in workshops.”
The CBMS chapter members would like to thank their parents, the CBMS Advisory Council members, CBMS teachers, administrators and the local community for supporting FCCLA, Hopper said.
For more information about the competition and how to donate, contact Hopper at the school, 251-947-2327 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.