Culinary Arts student earns silver medal at FCCLA nationals

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Please join us in congratulating North Allegheny senior Anna Miklos who earned a silver medal this summer in FCCLA National competition! 

Anna competed in the Culinary Arts category and placed 36th in the nation. Her score in the 80s earned her a silver medal. Those who score at least 90 percent in the competition earn a gold medal. 

Competitors from across the country had to prepare and plate a dish provided by the judges within an hour. 

“Going to nationals was a great opportunity to build character,” Anna said. “Being able to compete against students from around the country was an absolute honor. I got to meet a supportive team of competitors who were all rooting for each other, and I got to bring home silver despite immense challenges.” 

The best part of the experience, Anna said, was networking. 

“I was excited to be able to get my name out there,” Anna said. “I also got to meet vendors, world famous chefs and restaurant owners who I look up to.” 

Anna is already looking forward to competing at nationals next summer. 

“I really want to work hard to get there again,” Anna said. “My goal is to get more Beattie students to participate in FCCLA and to have a whole team dominate nationals next year.” 

She is now a third-year student in the Culinary Arts program and feels prepared to take on a leadership role in the program. 

“I love the student-centered atmosphere,” Anna said. “I feel Beattie has provided me an outlet to be creative and pursue what I love while also learning discipline in the workforce and self-determination for post-secondary education. Beattie has allowed me to earn immense scholarships and experience things that I wouldn’t have done otherwise. I have been told by colleges and bosses how much support I have and how it has put me so far ahead in my field.” 

“I am especially grateful for every student at Beattie, because their creativity and motivation has been a source of so much support for me. I would encourage anyone with a tech-field passion to join Beattie. The Culinary Arts program has inspired me to try to get this type of education to schools where less fortunate youth might not have the same opportunities. I do a lot of work to teach children how to cook and to inspire them to explore this field if their schools don’t have any kind of Culinary Arts or FCS programs.” 

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