May 27, 2009 Edition

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Caitlin Nelson (left to right), Robin Wilburn and Gabrielle Lowry enjoy the cooking session of Camp BPW on Thursday at Hoxie High School. Each of the 23 students helped prepare a light meal for those attending.

Camp BPW held at HHS

Bethany Lauderdale (from left), Amber Davis, family and consumer sciences teacher at Hoxie High School; and Ashlen Stevens prepare a strawberry Twinkie delight during the cooking session of Camp BPW at Hoxie High School on Thursday.

Seventh graders Emma Childers (left) and Sara Wright watch the fettuccine they are cooking to make chicken alfredo at Camp BPW on Thursday afternoon at Hoxie High School.
Gloria Wilkerson
Staff Writer

Camp BPW was held Thursday at Hoxie for 23 seventh-grade girls. The camp is a joint venture of the Walnut Ridge Business and Professional Women's Club and Hoxie High School Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, Amber Davis. This was Hoxie School's first year to participate in the camp.

Camp BPW offers the young teens advice on a variety of topics that can help them now and in the future. Speakers and activities included: Jenny Keesee of Williams Baptist College who talked to the students about choosing a college, scholarships, grants, etc.; Lori Simmons had the girls set a table and spoke about place settings, manners and etiquette; Terri Clayton spoke to them about the importance of Internet safety, Facebook, texting and all the modern forms of communication; Leanne Tharp of Wal-Mart coordinated a fashion show for the students, and Kimberly Williams of Lawrence Memorial Hospital talked about the many options for careers in healthcare.

"Our goal is to reach out to these young girls and let them know there are many options and choices out there for them," said Diana Shelton, Business and Professional Women's Club vice president. "We encourage them to ask questions. Many of life's lessons learned at this age will stay with them the rest of their lives."

Shelton also said that several area businesses donated items for goody bags for the students and the B&PW Club would like to thank them all.

"The girls filled out evaluation forms and indicated they would like to attend another camp in the future," she added.

Students participating in the camp were: Emma Childers, Jessica Tribble, Destiny Gosha, Ashlyn Stevens, Cheyenne Henson, Maria Fry, Sierra Morris, Robin Wilburn, Sandy Green, Amberly Holt, Hailley Moore, Nina Langston, Sara Wright, Bethany Lauderdale, Kayla Andrews, Megan Baltz, Caitlin Nelson, Danielle Benes, Brandy Alls, Grace Hall, Taylor Woods, Gabrielle Lowry and Ellie Shreeman.

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