Studio Art, Gourmet Foods Students Collaborate for Herndon HS Cupcake Wars

School News
January 21, 2020

students giving cupcakes to judgesAt Herndon High School, students enrolled in studio art and gourmet foods rose to the challenge of collaborating to create a local version of Cupcake Wars for the second consecutive year. Students from both disciplines met to begin planning their joint projects. Once they had sketched out their vision, the studio art students created displays inspired by arcade games. The gourmet food students were responsible for creating their own cake and icing recipes that would fit the style and theme of their art partners. Juniors Raj, Andrew, and Jonathan saw firsthand how much planning is required. “If we were planning to use something outside of the basic ingredients, we had to request it before that class period. As we experimented with recipes, we had to be careful not to run out of the more specialized ingredients.” Judges were staff members from around the school (with a special appearance from assistant superintendent Douglas Tyson). Studio Art teacher Jaime Croson enjoyed seeing her students rise to the challenge. She believes that allowing students to experience commission-based directives in a real-world scenario will stay with them for a long time.  Contact news liaison Kim Dare at