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Chatham Central’s culinary artists tasting success

GREENSBORO — Two teams of students in Everett Goldston’s culinary-arts program at Chatham Central High School outdid their peers during the SkillsUSA North Carolina Championships in Greensboro earlier this month and qualified to compete on the national level in Louisville, Kentucky, this summer.

Chatham Central sophomore Thomas Hacker  Chatham Central High School's Thomas Hacker earned a gold medal for his first-place demonstration of restaurant service. qualified individually for national competition with a gold medal for restaurant service. SkillsUSA North Carolina was the state’s largest showcase of career and technical education with at least 2,500 students competing in some 120 hands-on trade, technical and leadership contests. Those contests spanned at least 95 specialities including construction, automotive, welding, drafting, public safety, culinary, and cosmetology. And what Hacker demonstrated as a developing restaurateur merited a first-place award.

SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry practitioners working to ensure a skilled American workforce by providing students with opportunities to gain personal skills, workplace skills and technical skills that are grounded in academics.

Students Kaylee Lopez, Luis Lopez and Cristal Ramirez qualified to represent Chatham Central nationally after coming in first place for displaying their employability in business and technology. Chatham Central students MaKizah Cotton, James McIntyre and Marquis Utley finished second after showcasing their acumen in human services.

For their work in community action, Chatham Central students Isidra Brower, Gerli Amador Jaimes and Cie Jay Smith finished first to qualify for national competition.

Chatham Central students Brenda Chavez, Raynee Redington, Paola Santana and Janiya Thompson earned an honorable mention for community service.

SkillsUSA distinguished Chatham Central with a Quality Chapter Award, which is a ranking in the SkillsUSA Chapter Excellence Program.

During the North Carolina leadership conference for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Chatham Central students Yasmine Johnson, A'nya Marsh and Moses Matthews qualified for that organization’s national competition in Anaheim, California, this summer with a second-place finish for their skills in promoting and publicizing.

To boot, Chatham Central's chapter of Future Business Leaders of America recently was honored during that organization’s state conference.

Published April 19, 2019