Thursday, November 27, 2014

OHS cooks up kudos, scholarships

By The Herald Staff | 4/11/2014

WICHITA — Ottawa High School’s culinary arts team took second place earlier this week at a state competition.

The icing on the cake: The team’s three students earned scholarships for their silver-medal performance at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s 68th annual State Leadership Conference Sunday through Tuesday in Wichita.

WICHITA — Ottawa High School’s culinary arts team took second place earlier this week at a state competition.

The icing on the cake: The team’s three students earned scholarships for their silver-medal performance at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s 68th annual State Leadership Conference Sunday through Tuesday in Wichita.

OHS team members Anna Davidson, MaKenna Ferguson and Samantha Lee received scholarships to The Culinary Institute of America and Johnson & Whales University’s College of Culinary Arts, according to a news release.

Other OHS students earning honors at the state competition included:

• Amanda Leadbetter received a silver medal in Early Childhood.

• Brady Stoy II, who also is the organization’s District H treasurer in Kansas, earned a silver medal in Job Interview.

• Kyliegh Love and Mercedes Bustillo also received a silver medal in Food Innovations.

All OHS students competed in the occupational level at the event, the release said.

The OHS chapter’s adviser is Cherry Coen.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences education in public and private schools through grade 12. The organization has about 200,000 members nationwide.

At the state conference, the competitions OHS students participated in were called STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) events, in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills and career preparation.

With the theme of “FCCLA: The Game of Leadership,” the Kansas State Executive Council lead the conference in all the general sessions which included skits, official business, award recognition and a keynote address. Students also attended several breakout sessions focused on community service, professionalism and leadership, the release said, as well as had the opportunity to explore future options through a college and career fair. More than 1,500 FCCLA members attended the conference.

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