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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Betty Crocker Future Homemaker of Tomorrow Award Winner

I'm so proud of my mother!  In 1957, she took a test in her 12th grade home economics class in high school and won the Betty Crocker Future Homemaker of Tomorrow Award!



Mother chose to take two full years of home economics in school.  Most girls did that.  There were absolutely no boys in home economics class back then!  She also took a Morse Code class and was the only girl in there, so Mother dropped out because the boys didn't want her in there.

Mom remembers placing a dishtowel across her shoulder one day in cooking class.  The teacher yelled so loudly that even to this day if she goes to place a dishtowel on her shoulder, that teacher's voice rings loud in her ear, reminding her never to do such a thing because hair should never touch a dishtowel.

Nonetheless, she enjoyed the subject matter and memorized the books.

Besides a certificate, my mother won a free ticket to see a film in the movie theater.





Now, how about you?  Did you ever take a home economics class and the Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow test?  Some gals even won scholarship money for college, though Mother did not.
If you went to an American high school in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, you might have taken this test.
It would be nice to know how many of you took such a test, or perhaps a similar type of test in your home country.  Was there such a competition in Canada, Great Britain or Austrailia?

Thank you for sharing!

7 comments:

  1. I took two years of home ec in high school in the mid 60s... was a member of FHA but don't remember taking a test for Homemaker of Tomorrow as a senior or at any time.

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  2. I also took "cooking" in junior high and "sewing" in high school in the late 60's, but never took the test. The teacher probably had to sign up to be part of a special program for that.
    Your mother sounds like a special lady!

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  3. Thank you so much, Linda. I'll be sure to show her your post. Mother lives with us in our home and it's been fun walking down memory lane through her recipe box. It's just recently been 'found' now some thirty years after she used it regularly in the 1970's.

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  4. Well I went to High School in the 80's so didn't take that test. However I did take Home EC. I bet my mom took that test, she won a Betty Crocker Cook book!

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  5. I went to high school in the 80's, too, but never took a home ec class! Now that I'm in my 40's, I've after Mom all the time about recipes (as you can see here) and love cookbooks - I've got about forty of them. Taste of Home's "More Slow Cooker Favorites" and Grandpa Elvin's Betty Crocker are probably my favorite.

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  6. I went to high school in the late 60's and hadn't heard of the test. That would of been fun. I did take homemaking classes all four years. Did enter in my senior year the Pillsbury baking contest, didn't win. But I had a good time learning about it. I did have a class all to myself that year, where I got to cook a special country's style. I prepared, shopped and cooked the whole meal, and got to invite teachers, friends and administrators for the meals. My final was an 8 course Russian dinner. What fun I had!! Even got the print class to do my menus and invitations. This class helped me to enjoy what I cook and how to shop for food bargains. How fun for your mom to have won that award and have those memories!

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  7. Thanks for posting this.
    I won the award as a senior in 1972. Don't know what became of the certificate, but I still have the charm and bracelet that came with it, thanks to my Grandma, and later, Mom who saved all of that for me.

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