Students in three of the high school’s family and consumer science classes were tested on their chili- making skills in a chili cook-off the end of January.
Students in the Pro Start, Life On Your Own and Foods II classes competed in kitchen groups with recipes they selected themselves, said instructor Cathy Hanna.
A team of guys prepared the first place pot of chili, while a girls’ team placed second. There was a tie for third.
Chosen the top four entries by a panel of judges were:
First place–New York’s Best Chili, prepared by Andrei Rodriguez, Steven Way, Sean Mandeville and Dillon Hrcka.
Second place—Game Day Chili, prepared by Jenna Schilke and Michaela Ketter.
Third place (tie)—Longhorn Chili, prepared by Jake Burke, Jeff Banks and Dylan Gibb.
Third place (tie)—Three Frijoles Chili, prepared by Emily Owens, Bethany Sorensen and Karlee Palmer.
Members of the Pro Start class also prepared cornbread and Tres Leche to compliment the chili.
Hanna said the chili cook-off helped the students learn such skills as working together, being organized, food preparation, food safety and recipe selection.
Students, faculty and staff served as judges, including Supt. Matt Fisher, K-6 Principal Nathan Vitosh, teachers Carl Zuege, Al Zuege, Chelsea Zuege, Renea Bottom, Kim Wilson, Beth Larson, Jeremy Vlasin, Sandy O’Neil, Lynn Rinehart, secretary Kay Dean and students Mayra Acosta and Malissa Martinez.