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GATE students host 'cupcake wars'

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Andrea Henke, GATE parent and representative of St. Peter Catholic School, decorates a cupcake and is a member of Cupcake Explosion, which came in second place.
(Kelsey Alumbaugh/Democrat-News)
"Celebrate the Season" was the theme of the cupcake war held at Bueker Middle School on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Fourth and fifth grade Gifted and Talented Education students hosted the event.

"This cupcake war is the culminating activity to an advertising unit we completed during the semester," Damon said.

Damon, a GATE student, said, "We learned a lot about ad design, layout and propaganda techniques. For this event, we worked as advertising teams to develop team names, slogans and other advertising details, as well as planning this entire event."

Eighth grade GATE students helped by baking the 144 cupcakes needed for the event.

Katie Berger recruited judges Kathy Green, school board president; Mike Donnell, chief of police; and Jeff Stubblefield, director of Indian Foothills Park.

Three teams competed in the event.

Betsy Lewis, Eastwood and Northwest librarian; Jeana Wise, literacy coach; Angie Harvey, Northwest Title I teacher; and Andrea Henke, GATE parent and representative of St. Peter Catholic School made up Cupcake Explosion.

Smooth As Icing consisted of Lance Tobin, BMS principal; Tonya Goosen, Angel Massie and Gentry Lark. Goosen, Massie and Lark are all BMS teachers.

Ryan Huff, Marshall public schools superintendent; Lindsey Parton, district social worker; Erin Oligschlaeger, director of special services; and Jason Varner, PAT parent educator, were members of the winning team, Cupcake Palooza.

Each team was supplied with four-dozen baked cupcakes ready to be decorated, tubs of icing, food coloring and sprinkles.

Teams were encouraged to bring any extra decorating ingredients suited to their theme, but they couldn't pre-make anything.

They were given 40 minutes to decorate and display their cupcakes while the student body watched.

The fourth- and fifth-grade GATE students worked the crowd to keep students from loosing interest. They started the wave, asked questions about cupcakes or icing, and at one point began asking gender specific questions like 'Boys: what is your favorite color?"

Cupcake Palooza came in first place, followed by Cupcake Explosion and then Smooth As Icing.

Contact Kelsey Alumbaugh at kalumbaugh@marshallnews.com

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