The Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) held their annual Beef, Pork, and Peanut Cook-Off on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 in the South Street Bistro located on the campus of Murphy High School.
A total of 22 student contestants representing Baker, Blount, Evans, Davidson, Citronelle, Murphy, Semmes Middle, Vigor and Williamson prepared a variety of dishes in one of the required categories: Beef, Pork, or Peanut.
The hand-made recipes were judged on presentation of the dish, health and nutrition of the recipe, and taste by local Business and Industry Partners: the Culinard at Virginia College, USA Allied Health, Alabama Power, Alabama Cooperative Extension, Mobile County Chamber of Commerce , Mobile Area Education Foundation, Saucy-Q-Barbecue, Southwest Alabama Workforce Development, MCPSS Child Nutrition Program.
The annual event is supported and sponsored by Mrs. Debbie Freeland, Chairman of the Alabama Farmers Federation's State Women's Leadership Committee. Mrs. Freeland presented first, second, and third place winners of each commodity with a certificate and prize money. There were 8 entries in Beef, 7 in Pork, and 7 in Peanut.
Maya Harris, Baker High School, was the top winner in the Beef category. She will compete in the State Beef Star Event in the spring in Montgomery. The FCCLA event was coordinated by Terria Moore, CTE Specialist, Chef Jeremy Weaver, Murphy High School and Sylvia Ward, Blount High School.
Five area high schools/middle schools placed at the Greater Gulf States Fair Exhibits competitions. The winners were as follows: Montgomery High School Horituculter--1st place, Semmes Middle School CTE--1st place, Faulkner CTC Technical Math--3rd place; Vigor High School FCCLA--3rd place, Bryant High School Aquaculture--4th place, and Bryant High School FBLA--5th place. Congratulations to all winners!
Mobile County Public School System students are taking advantage of a Career and Technical Education program that offers real-world preparation for a career in the food service industry. Students learn more than just how to cook. Academics and skill building, cleanliness, safety and sanitation, food preparation and culinary challenges similar to those found on T.V. are just a few of the different activities available to students enrolled in the program.
On October 23, 2013, a record number of FACS students and teachers from Blount, Davidson, T.L. Faulkner, MGM, Vigor, and Williamson participated in the Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) Food Handler Certification Training Day.
The professional Food Handler Credential is one of the industry standards in food safety. According to Health Inspector, Brad Phillips, this type of training offers real-world preparation for students interested in a career in the food service industry.
Congratulations are in order again for Murphy HS JROTC Program….
Murphy’s JROTC competed against 12 other schools in the Greenville, Alabama Drill Meet October 16th. Male and Female drill teams led by Starann Foster, Aaron Woodard, and Josh Sneed won 4 1st to 4th place trophies in inspection, armed, unarmed and armed exhibition drills. Color guards led by Tarial Malone and Josh Sneed won 1st and 2nd place respectively. Tarial Malone won 4th place in individual drill.
Health Science students from Bryant Career Technical Center participated in the Dodge Elementary Career Carnival on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. The career fair was a great opportunity for the pre-medical students to present knowledge and demonstrate hands-on skills learned as part of the program. The elementary students listened attentively and asked questions as the high school students shared their learning experiences and their future post-secondary goals. This was the second year that the Health Science students were invited to participate in the event. Mrs. Courtney Taylor R.N., is the teacher.