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Crown Point student cooks, designers win state awards

Teacher Jan Rattazzi (from left) students Lindsey Unger Meagan Pethos Lindsey Krowiarz Bethany Kearns SamanthOrndorff DakotHamiltWill SomertAliciScheidt Desi Blastic IndianProStart

Teacher Jan Rattazzi (from left) and students Lindsey Unger, Meagan Pethos, Lindsey Krowiarz, Bethany Kearns, Samantha Orndorff, Dakota Hamilton, Will Somerton, Alicia Scheidt and Desi Blastic at the Indiana ProStart Invitational. | Photo provided

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Updated: July 1, 2013 2:23AM



The American Culinary Federation has honored Crown Point High School Family and Consumer Science Department chairwoman Jan Rattazzi with the Presidential Award.

“I was totally not expecting this at all,” Rattazi said.

“Another teacher and I received these because we try to get our students interested in being involved in their organization,” she explained

Crown Point High School’s ProStart Culinary teams came home with numerous awards from Indiana ProStart Invitational.

A team consisting of Dakota Hamilton, Lindsey Krowiarz, Meagan Pethos and Lindsey Unger earned third place in the state, a gold rating, and the Best Knife Cuts demonstration, earning them trophies, medals, a chef’s knife, and several scholarships.

A second team, with members Desi Blastic, Bethany Kearns, Samantha Orndorff, Alicia Scheidt and Will Somerton, won a silver rating and medal.

Their mentor for the competition was Jeannie Theile from Branya’s Bakery in St. John.

“There’s a huge interest with all the food shows that are on right now and so many people are eating out, and so now they need people to make the food right,” Rattazzi said.

Rattazzi’s fashion students also earned state awards at the recent Purdue Fashion Show.

For the competition, Justin Vandergriff, Grace Wylie and Sara Utterback were given three yards of fabric and a pattern.

The only additional items that they could use were paint or dye.

Utterback won third place in construction and Wylie won third place in creativity.



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