I am part of a club in my school called FCCLA, which stands for Family Career and Community Leaders of America. This is a national club, and there are 2 competitions that we go to over the course of the year, one in spring and the other in fall. During these, we compete with other school's FCCLA clubs in different events, a banner creation, a wall hanging event, and the cupcake challenge. The Fall Competition just happened yesterday. I competed in the Cupcake Challenge with my friend Thi Tran. She made the display, which turned out really cute and pretty, and I made the cupcakes. We had to start planning for this for about 2 months in advance. Let me tell you, those 2 months were not all fun and games, I had to master my recipe and we had to coordinate everything over text.
But all that hard work we put into this was worth it. The cupcake challenge is split into 3 categories, junior (Freshmen), Senior (Sophomore-Senior), and occupational (Vo-tech students). We competed in the junior category as we are freshmen. Each category is then split into 3 divisions, bronze, silver, and gold, based on the complexity and your overall score in the events. You will have no idea what division you are in until they announce your name in the awards ceremony. I know we did well, but wasn't sure that I will win as there were a lot of good competition. Countless thoughts were racing through my head during the awards ceremony. Did we do this good? Did we do that good? I shouldn't have done this. We might not get an award!! I was starting to feel a bit dejected when our name was not announced in the bronze and silver medals. The announcer moved on to the people who placed in the gold division. My friend Alyssa was in the audience, and her team placed 2nd in the senior category of the banner contest. Suddenly the announcer said, "2nd place, the team from Bridgewater Raritan High School" I was relived, and it almost felt unreal, and for the rest of the day I couldn't stop smiling as this was my first win at a cup cake competition!