From sweets to saws

From creating cupcakes to cutting wood, area high school students took on all kinds of tasks at Marshalltown Community College Wednesday.

More than 150 students from five local high schools took part in the second annual Spring Extravaganza, which featured career and technical competitions.

Marshalltown High School teacher Rob Weatherly brought his construction tech classes to the sawhorse-making competition.

“This teaches them how to be able to function on a job site,” Weatherly said.

The event also drew students from BCLUW, East Marshall, GMG and West Marshall. East Marshall took first place overall on the day.

In the cupcake competition, West Marshall student Kailyn Reece was excited to display her unique creation which was modeled off the minions from the popular “Despicable Me” movies. She called herself an “extreme fan” of the movies.

The minions’ bodies were made from Twinkies that were placed atop the cupcakes.

“It’s really exciting to see what all of the other people bring here too,” Reece said.

A new event this year was the denim design contest. Students took jeans and repurposed them into other types of clothing and accessories.

MHS freshman Xochitl Ibarra made a denim backpack out of the donated jeans, so it only cost her $2.97 for the zipper.

“I got my idea off Pinterest,” she said.

Other examples of denim creations were skirts made of the jeans and even one student who made baby shoes out of denim.

“I thought it was wonderful,” said denim contest judge Heidi Kaisand. “It was awesome to see young ladies trying new things and challenging themselves. They all did a great job.”

Students also did welding contests and a business competition where they came up with a new video game idea and described to the judges how they would market it. The West Marshall team won the business competition.

“We had six teams and the presentations were excellent,” said Larry McKibben, who served as a judge for the business competition. “All six of the games were very creative.”