Central High School Students whip up desserts for fundraiser

About a dozen members of Central High School’s Family, Career, Community Leaders of America were busy creating mini-desserts on Thursday after school to be served at Saturday’s annual Mardi Gras fundraiser for Women’s and Children’s Horizons.

The enticing aroma of Maddie Spain’s lime cheesecake made it difficult not to sample as it chilled in the refrigerator. The freshman enjoys the club and recently medaled in a FCCLA recycling and reusing competition in Oak Creek. She will advance to a state competition at the Wisconsin Dells in April.

“I love this class and making desserts,” she said. “We get to eat a lot of what we make and that’s fun too!”

Maddie Spain's Lime Cheesecake

Formerly the Future Homemakers of American, FCCLA is a national organization of nearly 220,000 students and is the only national student organization with the family as its central focus.

The group focuses on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader. Members develop skills for life through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge and vocational preparation.

Caitlyn Barrett creates orange petite fours. The CHS Junior earned a medal for creating an entire meal at a recent FCCLA competition. She will advance to the state competition at the Wisconsin Dells in April.

According to FCCLA leader, Cheryl Halladay, this is the fifth year the club has created and donated the delectable treats as their way of helping the non-profit organization raise funds to assist those suffering from all aspects of domestic violence.

“Students really enjoy helping out various charities and this is a way to do some hands on work versus simply raising and donating money,” she said. “The experience helps all members, but especially those interested in the baking and pastry careers. Many students have learned what it takes to prepare delicious and attractive mini desserts.”

Junior Sidney Onstad creating chocolate almond glazed bars. She also received a medal at the FCCLA competition for her apple cranberry muffins and peach strudel and will advance to the state competition. "I love this club because I love cooking and baking," she said. "But the competitions can be nerve-wracking as the judges stand right over you!"

If you are interested in sampling a few of the students’ desserts:

Mardi Gras 2012 will take place on Saturday, February 25th at the UAW Hall – 3615 Washington Road. Reservations are required, tickets are $50 and include an American/Cajun buffet. There will also be entertainment, cash bar, coffee/dessert bar, silent auction, cash raffle, roulette wheel and more. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Prizes for best male and female costumes. Call 656-3500 for more information or email lbastian@wchkenosha.org





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