Culinary Cougars Baking for Thanksgiving

The Culinary Cougars are holding their “First Annual Holiday Pie Sale” this week — baking and selling pies for Thanksgiving meals.

Southwestern Randolph High School’s class offerings include a culinary-based program called ProStart. It’s a national, two-year high school program uniquely designed to unite the classroom and industry and develop the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s restaurant and food service leaders.

There are 40 ProStart students this semester, according to their culinary instructor, Kelly Biggs.

In the classroom, they regularly prepare catered meals for various functions. Every other week, teachers are treated to boxed lunches prepared by the students.

The projects raise funds to help send competition teams to the ProStart Invitational, a culinary and management competition where SWRHS students placed among the Top 10 teams in the state last year.

This semester, The Culinary Cougars are preparing and selling homemade pies for their first holiday pie sale. They’ll be making homemade pecan, sweet potato, pumpkin and Dutch apple crumb pies for pick up or delivery on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Pies will be baked fresh and then frozen; each comes with reheating instructions. All pies are $8 each.

Pie orders must be placed by this Friday, Nov. 20, with Kelly Biggs at (336) 381-7747 or email her at


Randleman FFA Places Second in National FFA Competition

Members of the Randleman FFA Chapter competed in three Career Development Events during the 88th National FFA Convention held in Louisville, Kentucky October 28 – 31, 2015. Members of the Gold Emblem and National 2nd place Milk Quality & Products team were Marie Beeson, McKenzie Grigg, Hannah Hughes and Brianna Reynolds. The National FFA Milk Quality & Products CDE is a competitive event that allows students to prove their knowledge about the recognition, selection and management necessary for the production of quality milk and dairy products.  Participants must complete a written exam on milk production and marketing, evaluate milk samples for flavor and quality, identify cheeses and characteristics, complete practical mathematical problem solving activities, conduct and interpret milk acceptability tests within the team activity.  Hannah Hughes earned 2nd place individual honors and received a $900.00 scholarship to be applied to her post-secondary education endeavors.  This marks the fourth consecutive year that the Randleman FFA has represented the North Carolina FFA Association in the National Milk Quality and Products event.

National 2nd Place Team: Marie Beeson, McKenzie Grigg, Hannah Hughes, and Brianna Reynolds.
National 2nd Place Team: Marie Beeson, McKenzie Grigg, Hannah Hughes, and Brianna Reynolds.

In the Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event, members Josh Berman, Brent Brown and Sophie Farlow finished as a silver emblem team placing 13th in the nation.  The National FFA Poultry Evaluation CDE is a competitive event that tests the participant’s ability to select top quality poultry and poultry products needed for successful production and marketing.  Event participants must complete a written exam on poultry management, evaluate classes of live birds for eggs and meat production, evaluate quality of eggs, evaluate and identify parts and products and complete a team activity based on management knowledge and mathematical concepts necessary within the poultry industry.

Hannah Gray, Jon Isom and Kristen Shirley competed in the National FFA Meats Evaluation and Technology Career Development Event finishing as a bronze emblem team.  The National FFA Meats Evaluation and Technology CDE is a competitive event that tests students’ skills and competencies in evaluating and identifying meat carcasses and products.  Event components include a general knowledge exam; beef carcass evaluation; identification of wholesale and retail cuts of beef, lamb and pork; quality and yield grading of beef carcasses; a team merchandising event; and solving of a meat formulation problem.

The chapter was also represented at the convention by chapter officer Austin Morris and FFA Advisor Mark Walker.  The Randleman FFA is comprised of 90 students within the Agricultural Education program at Randleman High School.  The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 629,367 student members as part of 7,757 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.