Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

May 1, 2014

AROUND THE TOWN: Culinary arts students to compete for national title

CROSSVILLE — Destination: Lone Star State.

Reason: National competition.

Who: Four Cumberland County High School culinary arts students. 

The girls scored a major win at the STAR Event Competition in Nashville. Britney Stubbs, Angel Perry, Mariah Meek and Kelby Sapp placed first overall in culinary arts. As a result, each girl won a $5,000 scholarship from the Art Institute and a $6,000 scholarship from Sullivan University. The team now advances to the national competition in San Antonio, TX, in July and they have their sights, or should I say tastes, set on a national title.

Culinary arts instructor Linda Kington said, “These four girls have worked hard for the past 15 days after school getting ready for this competition. It is a very difficult competition and very competitive. We are very fortunate to have support from our board of education, CTE Director Wendell Wilson and the community financial donors.”

Kington and her co-worker, Rachel Shoemaker, also had other students competing in numerous contests at the STAR Event. Bailey Galen placed first in nutrition and wellness. Britney McDaniel won the number one slot in job interview. Brianna Reid was named second in early childhood and won a $4,000 scholarship. All will also compete in the Texas nationals come July.

Other students competing in the STAR Event were Josh Whittenberger, K.J. Smith, Brooklyn Smith and Bella Staggs. They all earned high marks in their respective contests, according to Kington.

Speaking of high schools, Phoenix High School will host Prom 2014 Saturday night at Cumberland Mountain State Park. The Jets and Panthers attended their respective proms last weekend.

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It is May and this always means it's time for the annual Cumberland County Relay for Life. The annual fund-raising/awareness event is slated to begin Friday night at the Cumberland County Community Complex. Relay features opening ceremonies, entertainment, survivor’s walk, caregivers lap, luminaria ceremony and food vendors. Cumberland County’s Relay for life will feature more than 40 teams with some 500 participants.

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Relay for Life also benefits each year from Ms. Cam’s annual recital. This year’s event is slated for Saturday, May 10, at Stone Memorial High School’s auditorium, with show times of 2 and 6:30 p.m. “Dancing on the Air” showcases the talents of 150 students and will feature ballet, tap, jazz, modern, creative movement and hip hop pieces. In addition, there will be a special “Studio Dads and Guys” hip-hop number. The radio theme highlights favorite music from all formats: rock, country, gospel, easy listening, pop, classical, rhythm and blues and top 40.

"Dancing on the Air" is being choreographed by staff members Rachel Hawn, Tricia Evans, Sarah Padgett, Betsy Collins, Cameron Hill and guest choreographers Anna Hill and Ashley Gentry.

Tickets may purchased at the studio at 56 South Main St. or at the door the day of the performance. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

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Crossville received a nice, national plug from my favorite Weather Channel meteorologist, Jim Cantore, earlier this week. Cantore, broadcasting live during the severe storms on Monday evening, referred to Athens, TN as “just south of Crossville in a beautiful part of the Cumberland Plateau.”

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The TAD Center’s Pitch, Hit and Run Contest will be held this weekend on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. next to the center at Garrison Ball Park. You can sign up beginning at 8:30 a.m., and registration is free. The baseball/softball skills competition is for youngsters ages 7-14. Call Shane at 456-2859 if you have any questions.

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