SJA Student Wins Silver at National SkillsUSA Competition

Emma Smith ‘19 of St. Johnsbury won a Silver Medal in Commercial Baking at the 2019 SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, KY. More than 6,500 career and technical education students from across the U.S. traveled to Kentucky to compete in 103 different trade, technical and leadership events after winning gold medals in their respective states.

In the Commercial Baking competition, contestants were allotted 7 hours and 15 minutes (with a mandatory 30-minute lunch break) to produce items from seven categories: one decorated cake, wheat bread in three shapes, 24 eclairs and cream puffs, 36 large chocolate chip cookies, 24 danish in 3 shapes, 18 large pepper and cheese scones, and six apple galettes. She also had to complete a 100 question baking and pastry written test that will give her a Retail Bakers Association Journeyman certification if she earned above a 75. The results of the test will be announced soon.

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