Education Notes


March 18, 2007

AACC culinary team competes

The Anne Arundel Community College student culinary team, Team Anne Arundel, placed fourth at the American Culinary Federation Northeast Regional Conference's student competition.

The team competed March 2 and 3 at the conference in Pittsburgh, which attracted 700 chefs and cooks for workshops, exhibits and competitions. The student teams completed a cold food display, demonstrated their butchery and knife skills and prepared a four-course signature meal.

The winner, a team from the State University of New York at Delhi, will represent the region at the ACF national conference in July in Florida. Team Anne Arundel also plans to compete at that conference.

Team Anne Arundel consists of team captain Misha Bushyager of Baltimore, Karen Brooks of Baltimore, Alexandria Gutierrez of Howard County, Elana Mathews of Baltimore and Chris Mosier of Pasadena.

The team's four-course signature menu consists of pecan-crusted sea bass with golden beets, baby spinach, smoked corn grits and butternut squash puree; a salad of baby greens, carrots, yellow pepper and cucumber with parmesan crisp and champagne vinaigrette; Supreme de Volaille a l'Ecarlate with swiss chard, braised fennel and sweet and white potatoes Parisienne; a trio of desserts: chocolate mousse, vanilla bean ice cream in phyllo cup, and apple, pear and cranberry compote in puff pastry shell.

The team coach is Chef Fred Parmenter of Annapolis and the team manager is Chef Lou Woods of Glen Burnie.

Information: 410-777-2398 or

Fundraising to be honored

Twenty-four Arundel High School sophomores will be honored March 26 for raising and donating more than $350 to the Gambrills-based Armstead Barnhill Foundation in the fight against sickle cell anemia.

Through a class vote, the students, along with art teacher Deborah Ahalt, selected the foundation as its charity this year. The students spent more than a week raising money for sickle cell anemia research. One of the students in the class has the disease, so the students voted to choose the foundation based on the information the student shared about living with the disease.

To raise money, the students held decorating events around the school and solicited donations throughout the school and during lunch and recess to raise money.

Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell and Andrea Armstead, president of the foundation, will give certificates of recognition to the students.

Information: 410-674-6500.

Writing contest focuses on Ghandi

Anne Arundel Peace Action, the Maryland Peace Action Education Fund and the Benjamin Peace Foundations are sponsoring a statewide writing contest for seventh- and eighth-graders.

Students must submit an essay of up to 1,200 words on the following topic: "Do some reading about the life and philosophy of Mahatma Ghandi, the major political and spiritual leader of the independence movement in India. Then write a dialogue that imagines a conversation that Gandhi might have with President Bush."

Four cash prizes will be awarded: $350, $250, $150 and $100 for the top four essays.

Entries must be postmarked by May 15 and mailed to Fred B. Benjamin Peace Writing Contest, 310 Riverview Ave., Annapolis, MD 21403-3328.

Information: 410-263-7409 or

Boys and Girls Club awarded grant

The State Farm Youth Advisory Board has given the Boys and Girls Club of Anne Arundel County a $50,000 grant to promote financial literacy for teens.

The club is one of 44 organizations in the U.S. and Canada to receive a grant from more than 360 requests.

Part of the goal of the program is to have teens expand their knowledge of money management and learning the skills that lead to financial independence. The teens will, in turn, share that knowledge with their parents or other youth.


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