The D-Q 5: Going back to take it all… An awe inspiring comeback!

Banning High School FHA- Hero

An Awe-Inspiring Comeback!

By: Felicia Herrera, T.A, Banning High School Graduate of 2005

Working with high school students is like being on a roller coaster; there are ups, downs, spins, turns and unexpected winds and twists. A good example would be my personal experience with working with this year’s FHA-HERO, a group of students who are part of a chapter here at Banning High School. FHA-HERO is a student organization that focuses on all the different area of home economics, from Culinary Arts Display, Energy and Resource Conservation, Job Application and Interview, Applied Technology, to Fashion Design.  Within this organization students learn leadership skills, professionalism, responsibility and many other traits that help them become excellent members of society. Through FHA- HERO, students are also able to compete at regional, state, and national levels.

As I recall at this year’s competition, I’m sitting at the edge of my seat, waiting for the award ceremony to begin. Camera at hand, butterflies in stomach, and knees shaking; remembering how we did this time last year.

Last year, what we thought was going to end up in high spirits ended up being unbelievably devastating. All of our students were disqualified! It wasn’t because they were late or being irresponsible, but because of missing the customary dress check before the ceremony started. To our misfortune we were waiting in the wrong room. By the time we realized it, they were fifteen minutes late. The worst part is that shortly after they had to sit and witness other students receive what should have been their potential trophies and scholarships.  The first three hours of the bus ride home weren’t the most blissful. However, being the determined students they are, they chose not to give up. They decided they were not going to let this unfortunate incident defeat them; they were going to come home and get started on projects for next year’s competition that would surely knock the judge’s socks off  and bring home the gold! They were known as the “D-Q 5(Disqualified Five)…Going Back to Take it All” and that’s exactly what they did!

After months of hard work, all nighters, sweat, blood, burns, and tears, those same five students, now seniors, along with two others, accomplished the unthinkable. When the ceremony finally started I practically sprinted to the front of the room and waited for the winners to be announced. Before I knew it, tears began to fill my eyes as I heard every single one of our students’ names being called! Banning High School’s FHA-HERO Chapter placed the highest on almost every category they competed in!

Below is the list of this year’s winners:

Competition/ Category

Student/ Competitor

Place/ Award/ Prize

 

Decorated Wedding Cakes

Lipsia Rosales

1st Place

 

Appetizers

Jacqueline Rodriguez

$1000.00 Scholarship to Johnson and Wales

 $100.00 Cash

 

 

Culinary Arts Display

Jacob Griffith

Glen Hernandez

1st Place

And $100.00 Cash

2nd Place

 

 

 

Breads Display

Jonathan Alvarez

Michael Haynes

1st Place and “ Best of Show”

$1000.00 Scholarship to Johnson and Wales And $100.00 Cash, Plus an additional $250.00 for “Best of Show”

3rd Place, $100.00 Cash

 

 

Fashion Designer Recycled Garment

Jasmine Barajas

3rd Place, $100.00 Cash

As you can see the last two years have been a crazy roller coaster ride with the biggest down, yet the greatest up. The Banning High School FHA-HERO Chapter may have fell down and tumbled but they did not crumble! Against all odds, they picked themselves back up and had an awe-inspiring comeback!

I am proud to say that the Banning High School FHA-HERO Chapter of 2012 is personally one of the best groups of students I have ever had the pleasure to work with. After this whole experience, I have been tremendously inspired into not giving up on my dreams. I will personally continue to go to school and become a Home Economics Teacher and hopefully, in time, have my own FHA-HERO Chapter.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BANNING HIGH SCHOOL FHA-HERO CHAPTER OF 2012! YOU DID IT!!!

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