School News: Rapp student a winning baker at national competition

Rappahannock County High School culinary arts student Megan Clark, here putting the finishing touches on a cake, finished 18th in last month’s national SkillsUSA baking competition in Kansas City.

Rappahannock County High School culinary arts student Megan Clark attended and competed at the SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference June 21-25 in Kansas City, Mo. Megan is a junior at Madison County High School, but through the cost-sharing/cost-saving agreement between Madison and Rappahannock counties, she attends culinary arts classes at Rappahannock County High School.

Megan won the Commercial Baking competition in late April at the SkillsUSA Virginia State Leadership Conference, earning the chance to compete in Kansas City on the national level, and a scholarship from Johnson and Wales University.

This is the first time a Rappahannock Culinary Arts I student has qualified to compete at the national level. During the eight-hour competition Megan demonstrated her skills baking yeast breads, quick breads, pastries, cookies, pies and cake decorating against first-place winners from the other states. A written test on baking fundamentals was also part of the competition.

Her 18th place in the competition was a great showing at a national competition, especially for a first-year student. She looks forward to competing again next year.

Dodson makes dean’s list

Jacob Matthew Dodson of Flint Hill has been named to spring semester dean’s list at Radford University. Dodson, of 2471 Jericho Road, is a senior criminal justice major.

To be named to the Radford dean’s list, a student must have taken 15 or more credit hours and earned a grade point average of 3.4 or above with no grade below a C.

Six make VT dean’s list

Six Rappahannock County students enrolled at Virginia Tech were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2010 semester.
They were: Kyle D. Dingus of Amissville, a junior majoring in forestry in the College of Natural Resources; Meagan E. Smith of Amissville, a junior and agricultural and applied economics major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Matthew R. Wingfield, a sophomore from Flint Hill who’s majoring in communication; Jaclyn E. Dixon of Castleton, a freshman majoring in university studies; Ella K. Miller of Washington, a freshman majoring in university studies; and Kevin J. Riedel of Washington, a senior majoring in forestry at the College of Natural Resources.

To qualify for the VT dean’s list, students must earn a 3.4 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) during the semester.

CSWCD 2010 awards

Flint Hill student Austin Burdick was among the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District’s 2010 scholarship recipients.
Each year the Culpeper SWCD awards educational scholarships to students who plan to pursue a career in a conservation-related field. Financial assistance is available for eligible students living in the SWCD’s five-county service area of Culpeper, Greene, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties.

Applicants must be full-time students enrolled in or who have applied to a college undergraduate or graduate program related to soil and water conservation, natural resource management, animal science, environmental science or other related programs.
Burdick received $500 to attend the University of Virginia in the fall, where he will major in chemistry. While Austin was a homeschooled student, active in RappFLOW, polo and earned Eagle Scout status. He also helped install and maintain a riparian buffer at the Link in Sperryville and assisted the CSWCD with its 4-H Day Camp class, “Creeks and Critters.”

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