Trip to Nashville is icing on the cake
Edible art and durable creativity joined forces last week at Helper Junior High School, and - pun intended - the result was sweet.
It turns out that Mia Hawkes likes the idea of recycling. The 9th grader did her history research project on recycling. So when the time came to pick a project for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America statewide competition, she extended the idea into fabric.
She won a gold medal in the Recycling and Redesign category. Her entry was a skirt made from recycled ties, meticulously hand-sewn. Even the interior parts of the skirt that don't show come from recycled material, she said.
Winning gold at state earns her the chance to travel to Nashville, Tenn. in July for the FCCLA Nationals. This is where the edible art comes into the picture. Her fellow students and community helped cover Mia's travel expense. Proceeds from the semiannual cake decorating contest held last week at HJHS went into the Nashville trip fund.
The decorating contest is an exercise in 3-D art that fills the school gym with tables and teams who spend about two hours frosting cakes and adding other edible decorations. Judging the creations takes almost as long as the decorating because of the difficulty in choosing winners from such a wide selection.
According to Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Susan Heller, the decorated cakes were auctioned off, raising $748.
A list of all state FCCLA award winners from Carbon School District is on page 11A.