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Published October 08, 2013, 10:00 PM

Her Voice: Fargo students bake way to national title

FARGO – Davies High School juniors Megan Selzer and Shayla Zacher have baked their way into a national title.

By: Tracy Frank, INFORUM

Her Voice is a weekly article about women in or from our area and how they make an impact on the world around them. If you know someone SheSays should feature in HerVoice, email Tracy Frank at tfrank@forumcomm.com.

FARGO – Davies High School juniors Megan Selzer and Shayla Zacher have baked their way into a national title.

The pair of 16-year-olds won the National Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America Competition in July with their Peanut Dips recipe and marketing plan.

The Fargo teens came up with the recipe for Peanut Dips – gluten-free peanut butter cookies with flax seed. They also had to come up with their own packaging, marketing, pricing and nutrition facts.

“It was a lot of work figuring out what everything cost and how to break it down so we could make a profit,” Zacher said.

To make it to the national competition in Nashville, Tenn., the girls first had to make it through their district competition in January and state competition in April.

“It was really nerve-wracking,” Selzer said. “I would always walk around and pace.”

This past year was the first year the girls were involved in Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), a nonprofit student organization for students in Family and Consumer Sciences.

Competition judging was based on how the girls put the project together and whether they met the competition guidelines, Selzer said.

They competed in the Food Innovations category, which centered around developing a dessert recipe using a gluten-free flour or grain.

Along with their win, the girls were awarded $10,000 scholarships to Sullivan University’s Culinary Arts Program and Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts.

The girls both said they like cooking and baking, but they don’t yet know for sure what they want to do after high school. Still, they said it’s nice to have those scholarships as options.

The girls’ advisers are Lana Duffey Feeley and Heather Sinkler, both Family and Consumer Science instructors at Davies High School in Fargo.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526

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