Two Lynn Camp 4-H Students Win Statewide Fashion Contest
July 2 – KNOX COUNTY – Two Lynn Camp 4-H students recently won a statewide competition for their creativity and fashion sense.
Abigail Mabe, a student at Lynn Camp, won first place in the recent Goodwill Meets 4-H Upcycle Challenge, while Isabella Blevins of Lynn Camp placed second in the competition.
Each year, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky partners with 4-H to host the Goodwill Upcycle Challenge which gives 4-H students across the state the opportunity to explore their creativity and challenge themselves and others. .
Jodie Carnes, a family consumer science teacher at Lynn Camp High School, said students in her fashion and interior design classes are working closely with the Knox County Extension Office on several projects. throughout the year, including the Goodwill Upcycle Challenge and other fashion competitions in the fall that students participate in at the Kentucky State Fair.
For the challenge, each student receives a $20 voucher where a student can choose clothing, accessories or other items they can choose from their local Goodwill store and are given the task of sewing, customizing and transform her outfits into something new and fashionable.
Carnes said “before” photos aren’t taken, and then students are given the opportunity to get to work bringing their visions to life.
“Students in my classes usually have about five school days to complete their work and submit their final product photos,” Carnes said. “Once these are submitted, they eagerly wait for the Facebook post to be shared.”
Challenge winners are chosen through Facebook voting and a panel of judges, with winners being granted a paid entry to the 4-H Teen Conference, valued at $250, as well as promotional cards. gifts of varying amounts to Goodwill depending on which place they receive.
Mabe received first place for her recycling of a striped polo shirt and khaki skirt into a more fitted skirt and plaid blouse while Blevins recycled a black dress and leopard print skirt into a skirt and blouse combination .
“Each of these students completely transformed items that, at first glance, were outdated and drab into fashionable ensembles that could be sold in stores right now,” Carnes said. “They spent hours measuring, cutting, creating their own designs and building and modifying their projects. All of the students involved across the state did a phenomenal job, it really shows how amazing these young designers are!”
Carnes said she is proud of her students’ hard work and hopes Mabe and Blevins have learned from this challenge, as they have a deadline to give them a “little taste of real-world workforce.” “.