LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Public speaking can sometimes be a little scary.
"It made me feel a little nervous," said sixth grader Jansen Warren.
"I think it starts young," said Math and Science teacher Beth Ehrlich. Even for myself, as a young child, I was always afraid to speak to adults."
So when Ehrlich and the other teachers at St. Cyprian's assigned the annual Bayou Bash Bake-off project to their students, they knew it wouldn't just be about who could make the tastiest concoction.
"I think the main thing they come away with is the opportunity to speak to adults," Ehrlich explained. "I think that's something not done as often in the classroom anymore. With this assignment, they're given the opportunity to speak to adults, answer questions and take ownership of their project."
The fourth, fifth, and sixth graders went one-by-one as they presented their cakes, tarts, and even dessert popcorn to the judges.
"They were nervous, but as soon as you got to talk to them and ask them the questions, it was fun to watch them come to life as they answered," said Bake-Off judge Valena Spradley.
"It wasn't as scary as I thought it was when they actually came up and started asking questions," said fifth grader Drew Dempsey.
Teachers were glad the students did so well presenting their culinary creations.
"It's all about building their confidence," Ehrlich said. "If they feel successful at a young age and they continue doing these things and have that confidence to try something new, it absolutely carries into their adulthood."