WHS FCCLA students shine at events
WORTHINGTON — Worthington High School students from the Family and Consumer Science classes participated April 1 in the annual Culinary Skills Challenge at Southwest Minnesota State University.
Students competed in various skills contests and participated in workshops during the day. Taking home medals were the following:
Araceli Jimenez, first place in Baking Science; Celina Hernandez, second place with a World Cup Theme Table Setting; Patricia Martinez and Abbigail Aguilar, second place in Menu Design; Thipphapone Keoviay, second place with a Super Hero, three-layer, fondant cake; and Amanda Bristow, second place with Duck Dynasty cupcakes.
The Cooking team, which consisted of Eric Juarez, Johana Flores, Julio Ornelas and Marina Guzman, won first place along with a $2,000 scholarship to attend the SMSU Culinology program. Their winning meal consisted of bacon-wrapped chicken, broccoli florets with julienne strips of red pepper and risotto milanese. They had one hour to demonstrate knife skills, prepare a hot meal and plate it for the judges. This is done standing in the gym with two tables and two butane burners.
Other participants in the contests were Spencer Grafing, Brandon Gray and Alfredo Vicente in (Menu Design), Jasmine Vongsavanh and Randy Junker (Food Sculpture), and Stephanie Romero and Dana Sihavong (Cupcake Decorating).
Students from 14 area schools attended the event.
Following the SMSU event, Worthington FCCLA members attended the State FCCLA Convention on April 10-12 in Bloomington. They competed in STAR events (Students Taking Action with Recognition), and participated in various workshops featuring inspirational speakers such as Sam Glenn, Evelyn Vonn Banks and JD Lewis. The Don’t Drive Distracted Summit and National Youth Service Day were among other activities.
Mackenzie Williams was selected to be a national advancer with her collection of information from the various activities the WHS FCCLA group has been involved in this past year. Three members received call-back recognition for their competitive events — Elyzabeth Coriolan, Andrea Duarte and Jorge Fuentes.
Other members receiving silver recognition were Mario Escoto, Thipphapone Keovilay, Clara Solma, Christa Alcala, Arleny Campillo, Leo Duarte, Cynthia Flores, Rebecca Knuckles, Rediat Lema, Patricia Marin, Ivan Parga, Ivan Rodriguez, David Santos and Bianca Alvarez. Receiving bronze was Christina Keovilay.