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MCC hosts third annual ‘Spring Extravaganza’ event on April 29

Extravaganza Cupcake Wars

Area high school students show off their cupcakes at last year’s Spring Extravaganza at MCC.

Marshalltown Community College will host its third annual ‘Spring Extravaganza’ event this month that will feature career and technical competitions between area high school students. The festivities will take place on April 29, at the BTC/Construction Building and Dejardin Hall, from 8 am – 1 pm. Around 200 students from five local high schools will be competing in business, family and consumer sciences, and industrial tech competitions.

“Since this is the third year of competition, the CTE students get better each year,” says Lorna Kennedy, Career Tech Consultant for the AEA. “These students are preparing for College and Career Ready while building their skills they are showcasing.”

The area high schools competing in this event include BCLUW, East Marshall, West Marshall, GMG, and Marshalltown. East Marshall High School is the 2-time defending champ in this event. Each competition will be judged by members of the College, community, and local businesses. Judges will work from a specific rubric in which they will be grading the students.

The Construction competition (38 students) will have students assembling sawhorses. Judges will be looking for safety/cleanliness, cut lengths, cut accuracy, fit and overall appearance. This year’s theme for ‘Cupcake Wars’ (42 students) is “seasons of the year.” As in years past, this competition will judge students on the design, creativity, neatness, and taste of the cupcake. The welding competition (23 students) will see students work on four different types of welds. Judges will rate pairs on safety processes, weld consistency, location, thickness, and size. The accounting competition (16 students) consists of two written tests that will administered by judges in Dejardin Hall.

New this year is the Microsoft Word competition (13 students), ‘Repurpose with a Purpose’ competition (26 students), and an Early Childhood Education competition (32 students). In the Microsoft Word competition, Computer Applications students will take a Microsoft 2010 certification test. ‘Repurpose with a Purpose’ will have students select a used fashion, home, or other post-consumer item and repurpose it in a creative way. The Early Childhood competition, titled ‘Focus on Children’ will consist of students designing a lesson plan for children between preschool and second grade, and presenting that to the judges.

At approximately 11:30 am, after the competitions are over, lunch will be served to all participants. After lunch there will be an awards ceremony. The high school with the most points earned will win the overall competition. In addition, each of the seven career competitions will award certificates to the top schools for that competition and all students will receive a certificate of participation. After the Awards ceremony students will participate in a variety of career events and tours.

The ‘Spring Extravaganza’ officially starts at 8 am and is open to the public.

PHOTO CAPTION: Marshalltown Community College will host its third annual ‘Spring Extravaganza’ event on April 29. The event will feature career and technical competitions, such as ‘Cupcake Wars’, between area high school students (photo 1). The winning team will take home this trophy (photo 2).

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