Barlow – The Ballard Memorial High School (BMHS) and Culinary Skills Class hosted the September Ballard County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast in the library of the high school for the second year in a row. This year the number of attendees outnumbered the amount of seating space in the Culinary Skills Classroom.
The Culinary Skills Class is taught by Jo Ann Cooksey and falls under the Family and Consumer Sciences category for high school subjects. The students were able to apply their classroom skills in a real world environment. The task of the students was to first turn a portion of the library into a banquet hall complete with a fall decorative theme. Next, the students prepared dishes for over 40 people. They chose to make fresh waffles, homemade syrup, sausage patties as well as a scrambled egg dish complete with ham or sausage. Paula Jerrel stated that the waffles and homemade Carmel syrup recipe is Deena Myatt’s recipe. The students also served coffee, orange juice and water with the meal.
Elizabeth Goodin and Rhianna Jones, high school students, of Ballard Leadership spoke about the leadership skills they have learned over the years in the program. Both started at a young age, and now are taking a leadership role in teaching the younger children today.
Next, Superintendant Casey Allen discussed how BMHS is one of the largest employers in Ballard County. Allen, “As Ballard County goes, so goes the school district. What is good for Ballard County is good for the schools.” With over 250 employees and approximately a $14 million budget, the school operates the biggest food service in the county. It provides 2,000 meals with 1,000 meals served at no charge a day Allen continued. Allen informed the attendees that the school district spent $640,000 last year with Ballard County businesses and $9 million in salaries on a yearly basis.
After Allen spoke, BMHS Principal David Meinschein started off his presentation by discussing the local businesses return on investment, the students that graduate from BMHS. This year the dual credit program and dual enrollment consists of students working on their own with adult supervision. This is different than last year; they attend school as if they are attending college. Per Meinschein, the students work on their own with the schools support. The Junior class can leave high school with an Associates degree.
Paula Jerrel of the Ballard county Extension Office spoke about the importance of the 4-H Club and Ballard Leadership. She has worked with the Ballard Leadership program for approximately eighteen years. She stresses teamwork as well as work