This spring Clovis High School is in full bloom. Among the several professional certification programs offered through CHS, several have recently returned from conferences and/or competitions, triumphant with wins.
The ProStart Culinary Program, headed up by Judy Uerling, took third in the recent New Mexico culinary competition, this being the second year her students have placed. Winners, Areli Beltran and Jazmine Benard, both seniors, were particularly commended on their knife skills, noting that their "chiffonade" was textbook, high praise indeed. Judges also remarked on how well these two dedicated students worked so exceptionally well together.
The culinary competition has stringent criteria, which includes the preparation of a restaurant quality, three-course meal for two within one hour, with all elements from scratch and without the use of any electric tools or appliances. Uerling reported that the girls were elated with their success. Jazmine was also a semifinalist for the Art Institute of Houston's Best Teen Chef competition, taking second place.
The Family Career and Community Leaders of America took 22 students to state competition, and nine qualified to advance to the national competition in Nashville, Tenn., this summer, thanks to guidance and mentoring by Amy Garcia, teacher and FCCLA advisor.
In the CHS business and marketing department, had 21 students qualifying for the NM State competition, with two — Elizabeth Mitchell and Allison Michael — qualifying for the upcoming national competition. Educators Kathy Roberts and Christal Reid head up the extensive DECA program.
Following upon these successes, Clovis High School is gearing up to host a "Spring Showcase" 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the CHS campus. This event was designed to "invite parents and families to a fun evening of food, games, activities, and entertainment that showcase the hard work of our students and staff."
There will be live entertainment by the CHS Choir, Jazz Band, and Drill Team. The theatre department will have performances, and the art department will have art displays, including a paint station for kids. The history department will have a "museum" and a guillotine demonstration. The English department will have a "Favorite Book" gallery and Dr. Suess activities in the CHS library. The science and math Departments will offer activities, including "Microbes 'R' Us," geometric construction, and "Beat the House" Krypto math games. There will even be a petting zoo from the ag department.
Believe it or not, these are only a few of the activities! As the saying goes, spring is definitely "bustin' out all over" at Clovis High School.
I would imagine a big bucketful of thanks is due to all the wonderful teachers and staff involved in putting in all the extra time and effort to benefit our students and families.
Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy is the instructional technology Coordinator for the Clovis Municipal Schools and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org