We are proud to announce that Blount DECA will be participating in the International DECA Conference in Atlanta this spring. March 5th and 6th, five Blount DECA students attended the Alabama DECA Career and Development Conference in Birmingham, AL. These five students (Latrice Campbell, Carltoria Wallace, Alexis Law, Alyssa Law and Kedric Allen) were the only students from Mobile and Baldwin Counties that qualified to compete at the state level conference. DECA as an organization prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. The competition component of DECA starts with Regional Competition (Alabama has 4 regions) and the top 14 in each category continue to the state level of competition. The top 3 in each category from state qualify to compete at the international level with over 14,000 high school students from 11 different countries that will be attending. The competitions consist of knowledge based testing and role plays in the different content areas.
Blount DECA’s Latrice Campbell placed 2rd at state in the Hotel and Lodging Management and Carltoria Wallace placed 2nd at state in the Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling Event category to send them to Atlanta. These students have spent many hours of their own time preparing for these competitions with the assistance of their chapter advisor, Allen Merryman. These students have also participated and organized many community projects. It takes the “extra” to be extraordinary and the Blount DECA chapter is proving that it can be done.
Teams of 3 students from 6 area high schools were given two hours to make an award winning appetizer, entrée and dessert. Not only were they competing against the clock but FIVE other teams wanting to take home the Golden Spoon Culinary Competition prizes.
That’s what 18 Mobile County Public High School students were faced with in the Golden Spoon Culinary Competition that was held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Culinard at Virginia College. Sponsored by Golden Corral and Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College, this competition gave students the opportunity to demonstrate, practice and apply culinary skills they have learned in the classrooms.
Culinary and Family Studies students from Williamson, Vigor, Murphy, Baker, Davidson, and Citronelle accepted the challenge for special recognition, cash awards and a $2500.00 scholarship offer to attend Culinard on the line. Each team was given a list of ingredients and two hours to finish and plate their dishes.
The plates were judged on appearance, taste, and temperature by three prominent local judges: Joe Emer Fox 10 Studio Ten, Chef Paul Wooten Instructor Culinard Virginia College, and Adam Brown Hospitality Manager Golden Corral Restaurant.
The Golden Spoon competition is a cooperative project of the Golden Corral, the MCPSS AND Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College.
Winners of the Golden Spoon Culinary Competition!
First Place: DAVIDSON HIGH SCHOOL (Team: Cheyenne Jones, Chris Houghteling, and LaDera McDaniel)
Pictured: Larry Mouton, Career Tech Excecutive Director; Tracie Roberson, MCPSS Board Member, District 4; Martha Peek, Superintendent; Chris Houghteling; Cheyenne Jones; Rachel Baxter, Instructor; LaDera McDaniel; Sheila Weaver, Director of Marketin, Golden Corral; Eric Berrios, President, Virginia College.
Second Place: VIGOR HIGH SCHOOL (Shamaica Lewis, Derrick Bolden, Tyrone Williams, Natalia Richardson)
Pictured: Larry Mouton, Career Tech Excecutive Director; Tracie Roberson, MCPSS Board Member, District 4; Shamaica Lewis; Natalia Richardson; Kala Washington, Instructor; Derrick Bolden; Tyrone Williams; Sheila Weaver, Director of Marketin, Golden Corral; Eric Berrios, President, Virginia College.
Third Place: CITRONELLE HIGH SCHOOL (Meghan Turner, Kaitlyn Rowell, Keith Orso)
Pictured: Larry Mouton, Career Tech Excecutive Director; Keith Orso; Martha Peek, Superintendent; KJ; Jan Patton, Instructor; Meghan Turner; Kaitlyn Rowell; Sheila Weaver, Director of Marketin, Golden Corral; Eric Berrios, President, Virginia College.
The First Place Winners appeared on the Fox 10 Studio Ten Show Monday, February 24, 2014 and will also be recognized at the MCPSS Board Recognition Ceremony at 6:00 pm in the Academic Affairs Board Room.
Perfect timing for CTE Month! The Alabama Business Education Association website chose to spotlight CTE Teacher, Bridget Eubanks in their "Member Spotlight" section. Check out the ABEA website to see the full article.
Congratulations to Mr. Julian Stewart, CTE teacher at Bryant High School for being chosen as Mobile County Public School's High School Teacher of the Year! Mr. Stewart will move on to represent Mobile County in the competition for State High School Teacher of the Year.
Pictured below: Dr. William Foster, District 5 Board Member; Julian Stewart, High School Teacher of the Year; Doug Estle, Principal, Bryant High School.
Have you heard? February is Career and Technical Education Month. Mobile County CTE students are celebrating in many ways. One of the main activities are displays set up at Bel Air Mall. All areas of CTE are represented. Stop by the mall to check them out!