Twenty-four East Aurora High School students who are members of the after school club FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) recently participated in the regional competition at College of DuPage.
Qualifiers from the regional competition traveled to Springfield, IL to compete in the state level of competition for FCCLA. Students competed in fashion construction, cake decorating, both with frosting and fondant, salad and menu production, relish tray production, cookie decorating and food innovation.
In the Culinary division, five students competed at the regional level, and all five advanced to the state competition held at Kendall College at the end of March. In all, Tomcats earned $25,000 in scholarships for Kendall College.
• Natasha Rossi – Gold, Decorating Cookie
• Barakat Adekola – Gold, Decorating Cookie
• Natasha Rossi- web design - qualified for nationals
• Barakat Adekola - web design - qualified for nationals
• Jasmine Garcia – Silver, relish trays
• Anthony Martinez – Silver, salads
• Michael Rojas – Silver, salads
• Andrea Castillo – Silver, relish - $1,000 scholarship to Kendall College
• Christopher Cuahuizo - Silver in relish - $1,000 scholarship to Kendall College
• James Armstrong – Silver, frosted cake
• Alexis Marrufo – Silver, relish trays
• Joseline Carbajals – Silver, salads
• Galilea Huerta – Gold, frosted cookies
• Sandy Orozco – Bronze, fondant cakes
• Diana Arciga – Gold, fondant cake
• Angel Alegria – Silver, salads
• Enrique Aguirre – Silver, food innovations, “Most Outstanding in State of Illinois” - $12,000 Kendall College scholarship
• Elisa Gonzalez - Gold decorating cookie, “Most Outstanding in State of Illinois” for decorated cookie, Junior level - $6,000 Kendall College Scholarship
• Josue Delgado - Fashion Construction Formal "Gold"
• Makayla Henry Fashion Construction Formal "Gold"
• Pahola Soriano Fashion construction Formal "Gold"
• Tashiria Littleton Fondant Cake Decorating "Silver"
State Culinary Competition –
East Aurora students made it in the regionals round and did very good at the state level, but didn't qualify to go on. (There are four levels for this competition)
• Alexis Marrufo - $1,000 scholarship to Kendall College
• Anissa Ramos - $1,000 scholarship to Kendall College
• Christopher Cuahuizo - $1,000 scholarship to Kendall College
• Andrea Castillo- $1,000 scholarship to Kendall College
• Anthony Martinez- $1,000 scholarship to Kendall College
Regional Competition Most Outstanding Results
• Christopher Cuahuizo, Most outstanding in region for salads
• Enrique Aguirre, Most outstanding in region for food innovation
• Galilea Huerta, Most outstanding in region for decorating cookies
Two students proudly competed at regionals but did not qualify for state:
• Zemirah Mack, Fashion clothing construction Formal, Bronze
• Glen Fowler, Culinary cookie decorating, Bronze
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is the Career and Technical Student Organization for Family and Consumer Science students. FCCLA is a national student organization that helps young men and women become better leaders in their families, careers and communities. Students learn skills for life: planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making and interpersonal communication.
Students were led by Ms. Peggy Thayer, East Aurora High School FCCLA Advisor, and Ms. Kristin Doucette, East Aurora High School HERO Adviser and Culinary Arts/Restaurant Management Instructor.