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Brooke Midgett (from left), Allie Phillips and Ashlyn Wayland try Death by Chocolate during a refreshment break.

Camp BPW provides helpful
information for 7th grade girls

Diana Shelton of the Walnut Ridge BPW Club and Raelyne Massey, family and consumer sciences teacher at WRHS, coordinated Camp BPW for the third consecutive year.
TD Photos ~ John Bland
Camp BPW was held Thursday for approximately 10 seventh grade girls from the Walnut Ridge School. Camp BPW is a joint venture of the Walnut Ridge Business and Professional Women's Club and the Walnut Ridge High School FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America).

Camp BPW offers the young teens great advice on a variety of topics that can help them now and in the future. Knowledgeable speakers talk about such subjects as careers, nutrition, health, college scholarships and financing a college education, affordable clothing styles, makeup and responsible use of communications technology.

This was the third year for Camp BPW, and topics vary slightly from year to year.

Diana Shelton, local BPW leader, worked with Raelyne Massey, FCCLA advisor at WRHS, to coordinate the joint venture. All seventh-grade girls were invited to participate in the event, held from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the Family and Consumer Sciences building at WRHS.

Girls participating included: Shelby Fields, Peyton Roberts, Allie Phillips, Brooke Midgett, Caroline Kelley, Tiye Flowers, Ashlyn Wayland, Danielle Mullen, Anna Bland and Mary Beth Sherrill.

To begin Camp BPW, Massey divided the girls into groups, and they prepared grilled chicken and fettuccine Alfredo for an after-school snack.

Speakers and events included the following.

  • Kim Williams of Lawrence Health Services provided information on the many career opportunities available in healthcare.

  • Carrie Massey, FCCLA president and graduating senior, talked about her plans for financing her college education. She also discouraged the girls from using alcohol, drugs and cigarettes. "I've seen kids mess up their lives because of it," she added.

  • Keri Ingram, a dental hygienist, spoke about her profession. She also showed slides of teeth, gums and the mouth that have been damaged or diseased by smoking, use of meth or tongue piercing. "If your mouth has an infection, it can affect your whole body," she said.

  • Leanne Tharp of Wal-Mart in Walnut Ridge conducted a style show with affordable and stylish outfits from Wal-Mart. Models were Brianna Tharp, Brittany Yancey and Sarah Meredith.

  • Jenny Keesee, an admissions counselor at Williams Baptist College, said, "In Arkansas, there are millions of dollars unclaimed each year in scholarships." She also encouraged the campers to find their niche and what they are good at doing.

  • Terri Clayton, holding a rotary dial telephone, explained that this was her main form of communication when she was a seventh grader. Now, the options include cell phones, the Internet and computers. She encouraged the girls to use these tools responsibly. She also showed a video about a young teenage Arkansas girl who was the murder victim of a sexual predator she had met over the Internet.

    "All too often, young teens are the ones who fall victims to these forces," Clayton said.

  • Jeannie Hixson, owner of Glam Salon and a licensed cosmetologist, demonstrated the application of age-appropriate makeup on camper Danielle Mullen.

Each of the campers received a T-shirt and goody bag filled with items given by local businesses.

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