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FCCLA Life Event: State qualifiers Samanta Garcia, FCCLA Advisor Margaret Bradley, Lizbeth Mejia, Alicia Bello

FCCLA Rodriguez Southerland: State qualifiers Lauren Southerland and Ashley Rodriguez

FCCLA Culinary Arts team members with Advisor Chef Kathleen Miller-Hayes


MPHS FCCLA Students Compete at Regionals

The Mount Pleasant High School chapter of FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) competed at the Region III meeting in Waco, Texas on Friday, February 8. Five students will move on to the State competition in April.

The team of Alicia Bello, Lizbeth Mejia, and Samanta Garcia competed in Life Event Planning. For their project, they planned and organized a baby shower. They came up with a theme, invitations and had to stay within a budget. They placed 5th and will be moving on to State competition.

Ashley Rodriguez and Lauren Southerland received bronze medals for their efforts in Education and Training FCS-Assessments. Rodriguez and Southerland will be taking another assessment at the State level in Child Development to extend their professional portfolios.

Two MPHS teams competed in the Culinary Arts competition. In groups of three, these students prepared a meal consisting of Caprese salad with tomatoes and toasted baguettes with guacamole topped with sautéed shrimp. For the entrée, the culinary teams prepared sautéed chicken over fettuccini with a basil cream sauce, and for dessert, Rocky Road mousse. The students competed against 30 other teams from all over the region. Although they did not advance to state competition, they received $500.00 scholarships and gained skills and comradery within the culinary community as a result of their efforts. Team members included Matt Braudaway, Hunter Tigert and Angel Reyes, and Andrea Flores, Jaquelin Vazquez, and Tyrese Milton.

“All the competitors and advisors spent countless hours studying and preparing for the competition, and the results prove that Mount Pleasant FCCLA is a force to be reckoned with,” said Aimee Sweeden, MPHS teacher and one of the FCCLA sponsors. “We are all are excited about the upcoming State competition.”

FCCLA sponsors are Sweeden, Margaret Bradley, and Chef Kathleen Miller-Hayes.


Mount Pleasant Junior High School District UIL Meet Participants

MPJHS Competes at Texas Middle School UIL Meet

Mount Pleasant Junior High School 7th and 8th graders competed in the recent UIL East Texas Junior High Academic Meet in Texarkana and brought home multiple medals and ribbons. The 7th graders placed in seven events while the 8th graders placed in 8.

Mount Pleasant Junior High earned 5 team awards. The 7th-grade Editorial Writing Team of Sophie Greco, Zoe Zittel, and Amariya Miller placed 1st as a team at the Meet. Seventh grade Science Team of Luke Muskrat, Bri Davis, and Jillian Jetton earned a 3rd place as a team. The 8th grade Social Studies Team of Juan Cigarroa, Javier Vazquez, and Vanessajane Bayna took 1st place as a team. While the 8th grade Editorial Writing Team of Chelsea Maldonado, Vanessajane Bayna, and Osiris Mojica took 1st place as a team. And the 8th-grade Dictionary Skills Team of Merlin Cardona, Amy Vazquez, and Madeline Plascencia earned a 3rd place as a team.

Numerous students earned individual medals:
7th Grade
Chess Puzzle Solving: Daniel Mejia–4th place
Music Memory: Orion Senence–2nd place; Sonia Sustatia–6th place
Editorial Writing: Sophie Greco–3rd place; Zoe Zittel–4th place; Amariya Miller–5th place
Prose: Bri Davis–4th place
Spelling: Angelina Hernandez–6th place
Ready Writing: Sophie Greco–4th place
Science: Luke Muskrat–6th place
8th Grade
Dictionary Skills: Merlin Cardona–6th place
Editorial Writing: Chelsea Maldonado–1st place; Vanessajane Bayna–3rd place
Maps, Graphs, and Charts: Elijah Rider–5th place
Prose: Katherine Phelan–6th place
Science: Vanessajane Bayna–6th place
Ready Writing: Chelsea Maldonado–3rd place
Social Studies: Juan Cigarroa–1st place; Javier Vazquez–4th place; Vanessajane Bayna–6th place
Spelling: Eric Taylor–2nd place
“Our students have been practicing before and after school with their coaches for the last several months,” said MPJH Assistant Principal Todd Daniel. “It is always great to see how excited the students are before, during and after the competition. It never fails that they will talk about doing even more events the next year because they had such a good experience competing academically against surrounding schools.”