PILOT MOUNTAIN — Surry Central’s Foods I and II students combined the scientific, the real world and visual arts to show patrons to Arts WOW that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) can be down right tasty.
Instructor Sabrina Wilmoth said the effort, funded by the Surry County School’s Educational Foundation, marked the first time the classes had catered the local event. She said the students enjoyed the challenge for planning, preparing and serving more than 400 at Pilot Mountain Middle School on Thursday.
Volunteers working traffic confirmed all parking areas around the school were filled with additional parking at East Surry filled up and buses being used as shuttles well before the ceremony began at 7 p.m.
“They really enjoy it. This is the largest event we’ve catered,” said Wilmoth. “This is hands on learning. The real world tie-in was them studying food trends to plan tonight’s menu and choosing healthy treats.” One example of this was the flavor-infused water using only fruits which also added antioxidants to the blends.
Wilmoth said the trade’s emphasis always returns back to taste with students evaluating and discussing hits and misses on the menu they bring to the events they cater.
“This comes down to trial and error. I make a point of walking back in the kitchen after an event, closing the doors and everybody sharing what went right, wrong what went well and how to improve,” Wilmoth said. “Our big process is evaluative learning as well as the practical aspects of food service.”
She said 87 students in both classes were involved with 23 students donning the professional uniforms which the students admitted added a bit more pomp and pride to the circumstance. Wilmoth said students volunteered to cater the event. Fondant food art on pastries was also on display at the entrance to the PMMS “gymnatorium” to give participants a chance to see other types of sweet creations as well.
Selected Surry County Schools elementary students singing the Star Spangled Banner opened the program with students named to the NC Elementary State Honors Chorus and the event closed with “America the Beautiful” being performed by elementary, middle and high school students.
“I want to thank you tonight as we celebrate arts,” said Superintendent Dr. Travis Reeves in his closing remarks. “We are celebrating our students dreams and not relying only on a test put in performance. Tonight is about the whole child and that is what education is about. Events like this recognize why it is important to continue to support the arts.”
Honorees during the evening included:
North Carolina Elementary Honors chorus: Madison McCraw, Ashley Sewell, Laney Cave, Chloe Sloop, Kahmea Bowser,Ethan Faw, Michael Senter, Anna Whitaker. North Carolina Middle School Honors Chorus: Callie Edmonds, Carter Graham, Holly Lewis, Bryson Moody, Destiny Martin. All State Middle School Chorus: Lynia Atkins, Savannah Key, Riley Stanley, Beth Thompson, Bailey White, Faith White, Anna Cockerham, Jonathan Dalton, Ashley Hunsucker, Destiny Martin, Chloe Easter, Emily Edwards, Olivia Jones, Jisselle Navarrete, Trent Warren, Travis Watts, Haley Jennelle,Peter Kulsziski, Marison Sanchez, Cheyenne Tilley.
All County Band-First Chair: Alex Bautista, Emma Hernandez, MyKinna Jarvis, Abigail Lambert, Marissa Roman, Cheney Card, Michael Martin, Caden West, Bryan Kistner, Will Nichols, Nathan Sheets. Northwest All District Band (middle school): Will Nichols. North Carolina Honors Chorus (high school): Bailey Atkins, Elijah Bryant, Will Easter, Sydney Edwards, Lucas McMillian, Ryan Singleton, Carlie Bowers, Caitlin Fowler,Stephen Holcomb, Blake Kornbrust, Tanner Mears. Mars Hill Choral Festival (high school): Emily Chilton, Riley Fillius, Keely Hodges, Hannah Southern, Anthony Tate, Hugh Atkinson, Chase Graham, Andrew Hegler and Jared Hembree.
NCTAE Technical Theatre Award (high school): Erica Puckett. NCTAE Acting Award (high school): Anthony Tate. All County Band (high school) Jacob Chattin, Samuel Faries, Jerry Galloway, Marc Magaraci, Austin Critz, Alex Glidewell, John Nichols, Devin Puckett, Courtney Wiles, Micah Cozzens, Michael Haynes, Cassidy Hyde, Andrew Mills, Jamie Pardue and Haley Stanley.
Additionally, elementary chorus, middle school and high school instrumental groups, Gentry Middle School Drama Club and high school chorus members performed in the event.
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