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COHS Culinary Arts students from Monday night, pictured with Instructor Chef Joel Casiday, from left: Ryan Allison, Lilly Warwick, and Eddie Brown. Photo by Cassie GregoryCOHS Culinary Arts students from Monday night, pictured with Instructor Chef Joel Casiday, from left: Ryan Allison, Lilly Warwick, and Eddie Brown. Photo by Cassie Gregory

Special to the News-Times

COLDSPRING — The Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD Board of Trustees celebrated excellence during the regular school board meeting on Feb. 28.

Coldspring-Oakhurst High School Culinary Arts students prepared and served staff and school board trustees a meal of chile chicken verde with cilantro lime rice, charro beans, and tres leches cake before the meeting began.

The meeting kicked off with the pledges of allegiance led by Coldspring Intermediate students Bella Gray and Kayley Plock, introduced by CIS Principal Paula McClendon. 

Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Joel Casiday and Law Enforcement Instructor Dr. Kim Webb introduced their students who won awards at the recent SkillsUSA contest and will be advancing to the state competition, which will be held in Corpus Christi on March 31-April 2. 

“Tinley Reid, Ryan Allison, Lilly Warwick, and Brittany Hartley competed in the Commercial Baking Job Exhibit. They baked a commercial-quality good and presented it in a 2x2 display with a Disney theme,” Casiday said. “Students chose a Disney movie, then based their baked goods off of an element, theme, or food found within the movie. Our students selected ‘Brave’, ‘Aladdin,’ ‘Tinkerbell,’ and ‘Moana.’ They all won blue ribbon awards for their efforts and will advance to state.

“Ethan Manshack competed in Restaurant Services and placed first, receiving a gold medal,” he said. “He demonstrated techniques used to set a formal fine dining table setting, fold eight napkin folds, and serve a two-course fine dining meal.”

Dr. Webb introduced her two students who are preparing to be police officers, Logan Riley and Anthony Malota. The pair placed first out of 17 teams in the felony traffic stop competition. 

“These students completed this contest with amazing strength and courage and excelled in the written examination and practical exercises that evaluated the contestants’ abilities and knowledge of the field,” Webb said. “It’s impressive how hard both students have worked to achieve their goals. Both should be able to make it to Nationals.”

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