Payson High School sophomore Justin Richardson recently acquired hands-on culinary art experience by volunteering to work at a Shamrock Foods fair.
His enthusiasm and positive attitude earned him a set of professional chef's knives. Shamrock's IMA Brands Manager Joe Ceraulo and local restaurateur Gerado Moceri were on hand in Culinary Arts teacher Devon Wells' class to present the award.
Ceraulo also presented the Culinary Arts Program with a spice rack filled with commercial-sized jars of spices.
The Culinary Arts Program at Payson High School is one of many thriving Career Technical Education (CTE) programs offered at PHS and Gila Community College.
Funding provided through state and federal CTE grants and district membership in Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology (NAVIT) allows students to gain rich experience in areas such as construction technologies, automotive technology, drafting, early childhood education, information technology, agriscience, business manage-ment, culinary arts, fire science and allied health services.
Citizen participation in CTB program evaluation is welcome. If you are interested, call Wendell Stevens, CTE coordinator, at Payson High School, (928) 474-2233.