Author: Teresa Herman
Hannah Schmitt, a Culinary Arts student at NC RESA’s Newaygo County Career-Tech Center recently received a State of Michigan Department of Education “Breaking Traditions” Merit Award. Hannah is a senior at Hesperia High School and plans to continue her education at Baker College in the Culinary Arts program. Also receiving certificates from various programs were: Laura Anderson - Fremont High School; Tony Dorey – Grant High School; Allissa Marie Haney – White Cloud High School; and Megan Lou Woodman – Newaygo High School.
There were only fourteen Merit award recipients in the State. Hannah traveled to Lansing on May 13 to receive her award, presented by Patty Cantu, Director of Career and Technical Preparation. Accompanying Hannah at the awards ceremony were her parents David and Pam, her instructor Teresa Herman, Sandy Tower, Career Development Specialist and Carissa Campbell, Student Services Secretary from NC RESA . Hannah was chosen for her outstanding work as a student lead manager in the culinary arts class.
In her two years here at the career technical center Hannah has proven to work diligently to improve her skills. The program consists of a student led restaurant that is open to the public. While in this program a student will go through various areas of a bakery, back of the house and front of the house restaurant. At times students will work on catering events at different locations. In the students second year they will apply for a management position, were they will help assist the instructor and students in the lab. While Hannah is able to work in all facets of the kitchen, she has truly shown advancement in the baking area and worked as the student manager in the bakery..
The “Breaking Traditions” Awards are given to male or female students who have decided to pursue a career or study in a non-traditional field for their gender. The recipients have successfully persisted in following their dreams and have become valued role models for other students considering a non-traditional career.
All career and technical education instructors with a student in a non-traditional field had the opportunity to nominate a student for the award. The board of NC RESA and the staff at NCCTC congratulate the award recipients and offer best wishes for continued success on their career path.