Blair FHA-HERO Chapter Experiences Regional Qualifying Competition

Adam Washington FHA-Hero

On Feb. 25, fourteen Blair Culinary Arts students traveled to Woodland Hills for a Competitive Recognition Event for FHA-HERO. Wearing their distinctive red FHA-HERO blazers, each Blair student competed in a specific category in the Senior (High School) Division. Blair 12th grader Adam Washington placed second in his competition category and will now go on to state competition.

For Adam’s category, Table Display and Menu Planning, he was given the theme, “Patriotic,” ahead of time and had to decide on a menu plan and gather all his needed supplies. At the competition he had 30 minutes to assemble his display, which also included providing the recipes and nutritional analysis for the meal. He chose to present a “1779 Stars and Stripes Gala” with a deluxe red, white and blue menu plan beginning with Maryland Blue Crabcakes and ending with All-American Apple Pie.

At this Woodland Hills event Feb. 25, Blair sophomore Andrew Washington was elected Treasurer for Blair’s FHA-HERO Region, Region 9, for the 2012-2013 school year. Andrew is Blair’s first regional officer for FHA-HERO.

The school wishes to thank all Blair students for their hard work preparing for this event and their efforts at the competition. The school is further grateful to its Culinary Arts instructor extraordinaire Ms. Donnetha Wallace for guiding the students in the classroom and beyond.

Adam Washington's Table

The Culinary Arts classes are now part of a full Culinary Arts and Hospitality Academy (CAHA) at Blair. CAHA offers a family-like atmosphere integrating academic and career technical education, and includes mentoring and internships. Contact Ms. Donnetha Wallace as soon as possible at (626) 396-5820 extension 80118, if interested in Culinary Arts classes or in enrolling in the Academy.

About the California Association FHA-HERO

The California Association FHA-HERO is the pre-professional organization for secondary students in programs such as Blair’s Culinary Arts Academy and other home economics careers and technology programs. Being part of FHA-HERO offers opportunities for developing leadership skills, exploring career paths and interacting with school and community members. In FHA-HERO Competitive Recognition Events students apply skills learned in the classroom and receive local, state, and national recognition for their accomplishments. The name may have changed over time, but for over 50 years FHA-HERO has held to its mission of “Building Strong Leaders for Families, Communities, and Careers.”

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