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Naperville Culinary Students Earn State Honors

Keegan Crotty of Naperville shows off the dishes that made him a state champ.

Keegan Crotty of Naperville shows off the dishes that made him a state champ.

Two Technology Center of DuPage (TCD) students stood as state champions on the awards podium at the recent 2012 Illinois SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference. Senior culinary student Keegan Crotty of Naperville (Naperville North H.S.) earned first place in Culinary Arts and senior Perry Flinker of Hanover Park (Glenbard North H.S.)took the top spot in the Cosmetology contest. Both are now eligible to compete in the National SkillsUSA championships June 23-27 in Kansas City, MO. Located in Addison, Technology Center of DuPage is the career and technical education (CTE) campus for DuPage high school juniors and seniors, serving 14 member school districts including Naperville 203.
Five other TCD students placed among the top four at the state championship. John Curayag of Woodridge (Downers South) placed 3rd in Culinary Arts; while culinary classmates placed 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in Commercial Baking: Melissa Loar (Naperville/Naperville Central), Catherine Gensler (Wheaton/Glenbard South), and Christine Hood (Darien/Downers South). Fire Science student Damir Ferreira of Carol Stream (Wheaton North) earned 2nd place in First Aid/CPR. Though Technology Center students come from high schools throughout DuPage County, those who qualified to go to the state championships represented the TCD chapter of SkillsUSA. For additional photos and information, visit
Over 1,300 participants from high school CTE programs around the state competed in 94 contests during the annual three-day SkillsUSA event. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving high school, college, and professional members who are enrolled in career and technical education programs. The organization promotes education, leadership, and citizenship through its activities and competitions at regional, state, and national levels.

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