Cupcake Wars, Shark Tank coming soon

By: By Chase Jordan -

A war is coming soon — and the battle is going to involve special ingredients and taste buds.

The Sampson County Cupcake Wars and Shark Tank Competition is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 7, at Lakewood High School, The public is invited to attend the cupcake portion at 5 p.m. During the event, students will showcase culinary and business skills.

Organizer Michelle Lindsey, aFamily Consumer Science teacher, is looking forward to the event, which promotes the program and Career and Technical Education. She expressed the importance of supporting students involved in extracurricular activities. Lindsey said it also gives the public a chance to see what occurs in the classroom.

“The kids are super excited and they’re all working hard,” she said.

Last year, the competition was just open to all high schools in the Sampson County district. But this year, Clinton High School was invited. Lindsey said she’s excited about the school being invited and said Sampson Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy pushed for it. In the future, Lindsey said there’s a possibility of inviting other schools from the region.

“Sampson County Schools coming together with Clinton City Schools to do something like this is really big,” she said.

Admission to the event is a non-perishable food item or bottled water. Items will be donated to the Salemburg Food Bank to help Sampson County families during the holiday season.

“The holidays are tough for everybody and the economy is really bad,” she said. “We just want to try to find a way to support people with donations for them and show the kids community service.”

Students from the beginning Foods and Nutrition I class will compete in the cupcake competition using a themes from Disney movies. They’re required to use food components from the films. One example was using spaghetti from “Lady and the Tramp.”

Judges for the Shark Tank competition will consist of local business owners in the area.

“I actually had people reach out to me, so that’s been a blessing,” Lindsey said.

Students from the advanced Food and Nutrition II class will present a business or project idea to the judges. This part of the competition, which is a new addition, will be closed to the public. Winners and their projects will be announced later during the night.

Volunteers and donations are welcome for the event. For more information, contact Lindsey at 910-525-5171 or through email at

Lakewood students Jada Washington and Kelsie Baranowski speak with judge Ryan Ray during last year’s Cupcake Wars. students Jada Washington and Kelsie Baranowski speak with judge Ryan Ray during last year’s Cupcake Wars.
Sampson students prep for December events

By Chase Jordan