Capitan FCCLA team takes the cake(s)

By Todd Fuqua

Mitchel Bolo and Casey McCarty march across the stage at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North with their first-place banner during the FCCLA State Convention in March. (Courtesy photo)

Anyone who’s ever used the term “piece of cake” to describe something that’s supposed to be easy probably has never actually baked or decorated a cake before.

Capitan’s FCCLA team gathers at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North, March 17, for the State Conference. (Courtesy photo)

It’s also likely they’ve never been in competition at an FCCLA convention.

That’s just what a group of Capitan students did, March 15-17, at the Marriott Pyramid North hotel in Albuquerque, coming back with several accolades.

“We do many things for the community,” said FCCLA director Karrie Wren. “There’s many school events we provide food for.”

FCCLA stands for Family Career and Community Leaders of America, and the Capitan chapter lives up to that moniker.

Most recently, the team will host a dinner serving school boards and superintendents from 12 area school districts on April 24, while the Capitan elementary hosted a Christmas parent night and the FCCLA team provided more than 1,200 cookies for the event.

Capitan’s Kaitlyn Birks earned gold in the senior division of decorated pastry arts during the State FCCLA Convention in Albuquerque. (Courtesy photo)

Other events include Trunk or Treat for Halloween and a Taco Tuesday.

All this practice paid off at the State convention, where nine students came away with medals for their work.

Pastry arts dominated the field, as six students took home either gold or silver for their decorated cakes.

Wren said the competition is a little like what you might see on a Food Network show.

“They don’t talk with the chefs before hand, and I don’t get to see what they’re doing,” Wren said. “They’re in the room for an hour, and I couldn’t see them or assist at all.”

Capitan student Jaden Wooddell with her cake at the State FCCLA Convention in Albuquerque. (Courtesy Photo)

Six is a lot of cake decorators, but Wren said she could have brought more if six wasn’t the limit each school was allowed.

Those that did get to compete were Jaden Wooddell, Kelby Hightower, Elianna Bertrand and Kara Vallance, all who brought home silvers in their age divisions.

Kaitlyn Birks earned a gold medal for her cake.

More golds went to teammates Mitchel Bolo and Casey McCarty, who combined their efforts on a banner depicting the convention’s theme, “Nothing Set In Stone.”

Also, Caitlyn Byrd earned a silver in her presentation of the FCCLA Creed.

Intended for first-year students, the competition recognizes members for their ability to recite the creed without the use of notes. This event is designed to give FCCLA members an opportunity to participate in an event that will stimulate interest in and provide training for public speaking.

Finally, Hightower and Wooddell combined for a bronze in their Focus on Children entry, recognizing students who use their skills to plan and conduct a positive child development project.

The competition requires the students to present and display the impact their project had on the community.

For their efforts and awards the FCCLA team will be recognized at the next Capitan School Board meeting on April 23.

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