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Louisa students are Virginia State Fair winners

Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Marissa Sperry used 1,200 tabs, some thread and ribbon to create the purse.

Louisa County High School’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) made a strong showing at the Virginia State Fair’s FCCLA day, earning two first-place trophies.

Tewanna Jennings, LCHS teacher, took 26 students to the Oct. 3 event, which drew members from across Virginia.

Locals Marissa Sperry and Katelyn Perry secured the top spots in both of the statewide contest’s Wear and Accessories categories, giving Louisa the title in two of the six competitions on the day.

Sperry’s winning entry in the senior category was a purse made almost entirely of soda can tabs.

“At first I had bracelets I had made out of pop-tops, but Mrs. Jennings said I should find something bigger to make,” Sperry said.

After researching designs on Pinterest, the popular social sharing website, Sperry said she found a design she liked and adapted it for her purposes. With 1,200 tabs and nothing else besides just a bit of thread and ribbons, Sperry completed her state-winning entry.

Katelynn Perry won the junior division with a canvas bag she decorated with ceremonial cord, ribbon and puffy paint.

Although she didn’t win, Louisa’s Briana Jackson also had a strong entry with a handbag she made entirely from crocheted Walmart bags.

FCCLA has taken a cue from Perry for its newest fundraiser, creating bracelets from the same type of ceremonial cord she used on her bag.  One of their customers has been Superintendent Dr. Deborah Pettit, who had a video conference with Sperry, Perry and Jennings while she was on medical leave.

“Creativity is an important aspect of learning, and these projects represent high-level thinking skills,” she wrote of the trio in her weekly blog.  The superintendent returned to work this week.

To purchase a bracelet, contact Mrs. Jennings at (540) 845-5436.