Chipley High School held their Senior Awards Ceremony for the Class of 2021 on Tuesday, May 25.
CULINARY AWARDS: “Tonight, I am recognizing those seniors who at any point in their high school career earned what is known as a food safety manager certification,” stated Sandy Solger. This group was, and is, part of CHS’s first students to be enrolled in the culinary program. Not only do some have one, but most of them have two different one’s. Leaving them dually certified in the area of food safety. What makes this certification so special is that the person receiving it has proven to have sufficient food safety knowledge to protect the public from a food-borne illness. Each one had to take and pass, with a 75% accuracy, the food safety knowledge test that is written on a college level. This is an adult certification and every food establishment is required to have one person certified in food safety on the premises at all times. That makes this person very valuable to the foodservice industry. It is also the first certification that they would receive if they were to go on to culinary school at the college level. Some colleges even give them college credit just for having it already.”
Mary Ellen Smith
“INCLUDED IN THIS GROUP OF SENIORS is one I would like to give extra recognition to, and that is Lily Bratcher,” continued Ms. Solger. “In her first year of culinary she became the first leg of a three man state waiter relay team. And that team brought home third place in the state out of 30+ teams. They never really got the recognition they deserved because the week we got back last year we left on quarantine. Two of the three man team graduated last year. We also didn’t get to return to try and better that title this year due to COVID. Lily received a $2000 scholarship to use toward a culinary arts degree if that is what she chooses as her career path. Thank you Lily for your dedication and hard work that led us to that title. The last group of seniors, wow, these three……Nathaniel Goodwin, McKenzie King and Sara White……these three are the last of the “first group” to graduate as program completers. They have been with me for 4 years and they have been the backbone of Chipley’s Culinary program. To say that they can finish my sentences is an understatement. I am surprised they are not doing it now. I congratulate these three and thank them from the bottom of my heart for their service and their willingness to help CHS Culinary become what it is today.”