Rappahannock resident Matt Beck, a member of the kitchen staff at the Blue Rock Inn, distinguished himself in the field of culinary competition last month.
Beck, 17, from Boston, placed second in the 49th annual SkillsUSA State Competition for Culinary Arts held in Richmond April 20. He was awarded an annual $2,000 scholarship to the Culinary Institute of America, and a $5,000 scholarship to the Culinary Institute of Virginia.
The competition was sponsored by SkillsUSA, a national nonprofit organization serving teachers, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in skilled service occupations.
Beck has worked at the Blue Rock for 18 months while attending Rappahannock County High School. He is enrolled there in the Advanced Culinary Program and is also active in the school’s Farm-to-Table program.
“I’ve been very happy to work with someone as talented as Matt. I look forward to following his career – I know he’ll become a star,” said Blue Rock’s executive chef John Moss.
RCHS varsity track and field athletes traveled to the Wrangler Invitational in Page County April 13., where seniors Trey Swindler and Case Kramer drew the spotlight and celebrated with medals, personal bests and bragging rights.
Swindler signed-up for five events and drew deeply on his extraordinary energy. After the shot put, discus, 100-meter run, long jump and triple jump, he recorded a personal best in two events and touted two medals.
“In shot put,” Swindler said, “I increased my best by three feet with a 37-foot, 6.5-inch throw. That gave me third place out of 33. For discus, I beat my personal best by nine feet with 102 feet, 11 inches and got fifth out of 27.”
Kramer took on the long jump, triple jump and high jump. In his first-ever track meet, he garnered a fifth-place medal. “In the high jump, I cleared the first two jumps on my first try. At first, I was over it on 5 foot 4 inches. But when I was coming down, my foot hit the bar, so 5-2 was my best jump. That got me fifth place because it broke the tie between me and another jumper. I’ll be working on that event and hope to get six feet this season.”
The Panthers were to host their next Bull Run meet yesterday (May 1). Look for results in next week’s Rappahannock News.
– Melissa Delcour
The spring news list at Belle Meade School is topped by its fundraiser this weekend, the “Twigs to Branches” original musical by musician and teacher Dontez Harris, a romantic history-based tale created by Harris with help from his students, who’ll perform in two shows this Friday (May 3) at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6.
The Friday show is $10; Saturday’s show includes a four-course dinner by Sylvie Rowand of Laughing Duck Gardens & Cookery – with help from students in Belle Meade’s culinary class taught by Teresa Boardwine – and is $60 person. (Tickets at bellemeadeschool.org.)
In other Belle Meade news, head of school Susan Hoffman reported a generous donation from Cliff and Christine Mumm, who reside nearby, which will allow the school to acquire a sophisticated, internet-connected weather-station system and associated curriculum material. She also announced that Belle Meade School is in the process of becoming accredited through Virginia Independent School Association. Plans were also unveiled at a recent board meeting to offer host-family boarding for 2013-14 school year. Approved school and community families will welcome students from outside the area into their homes while they attend Belle Meade.