Last fall, six other Jane Addams students put their skills to the test on a national level. The students headed to Orlando last fall for the 2016 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America national meeting and competition, where they showed off their chops in the culinary arts and hospitality industries.
In addition, Hope Williams had the chance to compete in an impromptu public-speaking contest, and the trio of Timothy Hunter, Delonna Childs and Imari Rivers took part in the culinary knife skills competition.
“This was an awesome experience for our students academically, socially and professionally,” said Sophronia Hairston, who leads one of the academies at Jane Addams. “This experience boosted their self-esteem, self-awareness and their confidence to compete on the national, state and regional levels.”
Hairston and another Jane Addams teacher served as judges for some of the other events at the competition. Hairston said the experience gave her insight and ideas for refining some of the programs at Jane Addams.
Students said they returned to Cleveland motivated to keep working on their education and excited for future competitions.