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Teen wins big in edible art


Usually when you hear about a high school student winning a state championship, we're talking about an athletic event. But a Crestview high school student got her title by carving up fruits and vegetables. She won a $10,000 scholarship in the process.

We're in the Culinary Arts classroom at Crestview High School. They're working on breakfast today. They're getting experience that will prepare them to work in this industry in the real world. Wait until you see the kind of work they're doing.

In a noisy classroom, Hannah Sevy seems to shut out the world, cutting apples into precise, paper-thin slices. That kind of concentration led to a first-place showing at the Florida Pro-Start Culinary Championships.

"I went in there, I wasn't shaking, I didn't realize how scared I was until I started fluting my mushrooms...and my hands were shaking, and I had to take breaths," said Hannah Sevy.

The training that helped Hannah perform under pressure and won her a $10,000 scholarship to a culinary school came here in Paula Knight's classroom.

Principal Bob Jones says Knight designed a program that transformed a home-ec class into a standout part of the district's "CHOICE" vocational training program.

"They graduate with a high school diploma, and in many cases a career certification that enables them to go right out and get a job, a high paying job," said principal Bob Jones.

Hannah spends two class periods a day here. She says her heart is in baking and pastry, but creating an edible centerpiece for the competition gave her a chance to do something unique. That word also describes her plans for the future.

"My dream is to own my own bakery-slash-dessert hibachi. It's a complicated choice, but I'm going to make it work," Hannah said.

Here it is, inspired by the changing of the seasons to spring. Hannah Sevy's state championship winning, $10,000 scholarship winning edible centerpiece. Can't wait for her restaurant.