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Forrest Center Hosting SkillsUSA Regional Competition

LEONARDTOWN—The Dr. James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center is hosting the Maryland SkillsUSA Southern Regional Competition on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m. in the school. Contests open to the public at 9:00 a.m. and the awards assembly starts at 2:00 p.m.

The public is invited and encouraged to observe the variety of career contests offered at this event. Students from the Forrest Center in St. Mary's County, the Career & Technology Academy in Calvert County, as well as North Point High School & the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center in Charles County will be participating in the contests. Students receiving 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each contest will move on to the state competition which takes place April 15-16.

Contests cover knowledge and skills in a variety of areas including firefighting, nurse assisting, criminal justice, digital cinema production, automotive technology, advertising design and computer aided drafting just to name a few.

For more information, contact Bonnie Skinner or Mike Towne at 301.475.0242 or or

Forrest Center Reviving Annual Soup Cook-Off

LEONARDTOWN—The Dr. James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center is reviving its annual Soup Cook-off on Wednesday, March 2, in the school's state-of-the-art kitchen. The contest has two age groups, a junior division for students and a senior division for adults. Cooking begins at 3:00 p.m. and doors open to the public at 5:00 p.m. with tasting and judging of the junior division starting at 5:30 p.m., which will be followed by the senior division.

The public is invited to sample the soups and be part of the event. Soups will be grouped in six categories and will be judged by expert chefs, local celebrities and community leaders. The public will also choose a people's choice award.

House soups will be provided by the Forrest Center's Culinary Arts program so visitors can make a meal of the event. The public can purchase tickets for the contest and house soup sampling. Costs for the tickets are $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for students, and children under four are free.

The contest is open to the first 15 individuals or teams of up to three that register in each division. Contestants will have use of the facility and will have access to necessary equipment but will need to provide their own ingredients. Although not traditionally considered a soup, contestants may also enter chili and stews.

The Forrest Center's Graphic Communications program may produce a "Forrest Center Soup Cook-off Cookbook," if contestants want to be included in the cookbook they must provide a copy of their recipe. Inclusion is optional.

Sponsorship is available to businesses and organizations. Sponsors will be given free passes to the event and will be recognized during the event.

The event may be recorded and presented on SMCPS Channel 96, the school system's educational cable channel, and the Internet.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Forrest Center's programs and SkillsUSA student organization. For more information on registration or sponsorship, contact Chef Amanda Granados at 301.475.0242 or

Calvert County Public Schools Presents Science and Engineering EXPO

PRINCE FREDERICK—On February 20, Calvert County Public Schools (CCPS) will host the 5th Annual Science and Engineering EXPO at Calvert High School from 11:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. This family event is open to the public. The exhibits showcase CCPS science and engineering programs and are designed to be fun and engaging for children and adults of all ages. The EXPO will include robots, science fair projects, flight simulators, catapults, and much more for the entire family to enjoy.


8:15 a.m.—10:30 a.m.: Judging of Science Fair Projects (closed to public-open to reporters)

11:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.: EXPO and Science Projects (open to public)

3:30 p.m.—4:30 p.m.: Awards Ceremony in Auditorium (open to public)

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