2023 March Professional of the Month
Jasper Parrilli is a senior at Cony High School enrolled in the Culinary Arts program. Jasper has been amazed at how much he has learned this year in the Culinary Arts program, especially little trade secrets, that have helped his culinary techniques. He is proud of the times he has earned the Ketchup Chair Award in class. The ketchup chair is a weekly award given to one culinary arts student that has has had exceptional performance in class. It is a red colored comfortable chair to sit in for the week. He feels his teamwork skills, being able to work quickly as well as in a safe, sanitary manner have contributed to him earning the Ketchup Chair Award multiple times. His instructor, Chef Patrick Austin, said, “Jasper is a student that shows natural talent in the kitchen and kindness. He is willing to go above and beyond to accomplish any challenge he is given. He shows up every day ready to work with a positive attitude and sense of humor. He is willing to come before class or stay after to help with whatever we need help with . He is a true honor to have in class.” Outside of class, Jasper likes sports and played football and earned a starting position in his senior first year playing lacrosse. He has been a student helper in Cony’s special education classes. He also enjoys spending time with his friends. In the fall, Jasper plans to attend Norwich University with the goal of becoming a special education teacher.
Ethan Lavigne is a junior at Gardiner Area High School enrolled in the Automotive Technology program. He has liked how the program has been a team environment and has given him a chance to work closely with his classmates. A big bonus for him has been earning industry recognized certifications while in the program. He earned a lubrication and car lift certification. He feels these certifications helped him get hired by Darling’s Auto, as a technician. Ethan has always had a passion for cars. Growing up, he always enjoyed going to car shows with his grandfather. His instructor, Mr. Joe Rabideau, said, “Ethan is attentive and brings knowledge to class discussions and skills to shop work. He is always polite and gets great reviews from his co-workers at Darlings.” When he is not in school or working, Ethan enjoys working on his own vehicle and being with friends. Next year, Ethan plans to return to CATC for another year of Auto Tech instruction, as well as continue working at Darlings. His long-term goal is to own an auto shop that specializes in customizing vehicles.