From sawhorses to cupcakes

Some students were pounding nails into sawhorses, while others were putting frosting on cupcakes.

That shows the wide range of activities going on during the first Spring Extravaganza Wednesday at Marshalltown Community College.

The event featured more than 100 area high school students taking part in competitions involving career and technical programs. The competition included business, metals, woods and culinary areas.

Lorna Kennedy, career tech consultant of the AEA 267, said the event builds a collaboration between educational programs and could lead to career choices for students.

“We need skilled workers in our communities,” Kennedy said.

The high schools that took part in the event were Marshalltown, BCLUW, East Marshall, GMG and West Marshall.

In the woods event, students from five local high schools competed to see who could create the best sawhorse.

“It is good exposure for the very basics of what we do and it may spur some interest,” said Russ Yarrow, construction faculty member at MCC.

For the family and consumer science students, it was all about producing a delicious presentation in the Cupcake Wars. They already baked them ahead of time but put frosting and a wide range of decorations on them for the judges Wednesday. The entries got real creative. BCLUW students had an entry with small doughnuts on top of the cupcakes.

“This opens up opportunities for kids to practice skills they have or learn new ones,” said Cindy Staron, family and consumer sciences teacher at Marshalltown High School. “It’s fun to see all the things available to decorate your cupcake with.”

There were also welding competitions and a business presentation competition where students talked about how social media can affect business.

Organizers said they hope to make this an annual event at MCC.