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Staff Spotlight Award

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

The Staff Spotlight Award is given to a WSWHE BOCES employee who is deserving of special recognition for exemplary performance, special achievements and for shining a positive light or bringing attention to the organization. They are our own BOCES beacons of light. A Staff Spotlight Award was presented to Chef Celeste David at the WSWHE BOCES Board of Education meeting on September 11, 2019. Executive Chef Celeste David demonstrated a high level of commitment, dedication and creativity as she worked hard to contribute to the Washington County Fair for the past two summers. Immediately upon joining the BOCES team last year, she came up with a menu that she thought would work well within our parameters at the fair. She also worked with Culinary Arts students who volunteered to prepare food for the fair and to be part of the demonstrations. She even trained students to help with the prep work. 

At the 2018 Washington County Fair Chef David gave two demonstrations of how to make homemade hummus and served it with a mezze platter. Those samples were prepared and packaged back at the F. Donald Myers Education Center and distributed at the fair during the demos. 

This year she and her students demonstrated how to make grilled cheese with bacon onion jam and homemade potato chips on two different days at the fair. She also created the CTE Cupcake Challenge, a cupcake baking/decorating competition for kids ages 7-12.