September 2022 Professionals of the Month
London Putnam is senior at Maranacook Community High School enrolled for the second year in the Culinary Arts program. She loved her experiences that she had her first year in the program, and couldn’t think of doing anything else this year. She was on a CATC team that won the Maine ProStart Competition and traveled to Washington DC to compete on the national level. Her team placed fifth in the nation. London also won a State of Maine gold medal in the SkillsUSA Restaurant Service competition. Her first place SkillsUSA gold medal gave her the opportunity to travel to Atlanta, Georgia to compete at the SkillsUSA National Competition, where she placed 14th in the nation. She described her National SkillsUSA experience as “insane” and loved the camaraderie she found from competitors she met from around the United States. She is excited to be on the CATC ProStart team again this year and will start practicing in late October for the February Maine ProStart competition. Her instructor, Chef Heidi Parent, said, “There are not enough words to describe how incredible this young chef has become in the 2 years in my program. London is not afraid of a challenge. She spends her free time helping in the program, whether that is mentoring level 1 students, working on CATC’s BBQ 101 food truck for fundraising or perfecting her cooking skills by taking on special projects. London’s friendly demeanor and eye for detail makes her a strong young leader. I cannot wait to see what her future will hold.” Following graduation this June, London plans to attend college and further her education in culinary arts.
Shylah Woodford is a senior at Maranacook Community High School enrolled in the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program. She has enjoyed being treated more as an adult than a student in the program and learning how to be a professional CNA. She feels the program has showed her a lot of different career options and is preparing her for college. So far, through the program, she has learned about professional hygiene, bed making, bed and bath care for clients, shaving clients and urinary needs. The program is a lot more than she expected and she has already learned how important it is to connect with the people she is caring for. Her instructor, Mrs. Deborah Belanger-Warnke said, “Shylah has stood out from day one for her earnest dedication and quality work in the CNA program. She has established herself as mature, self-directed and energetic. At CATC, Shylah has taken many opportunities to excel on her own behalf and consistently goes above and beyond to assist her fellow nursing assistant classmates in skills performance and classroom learning. Her excitement about learning the important work that a nursing assistant performs at the bedside each and every day is frequently expressed in her actions and words. Maine needs more outstanding nurses and Shylah has the great potential to be one of them!” When Shylah is not at CATC, she is busy at Maranacook with sports and activities. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Rho Kappa, and the varsity field hockey and softball teams. After graduation, Shylah plans to pursue nursing education, with the goal of becoming a nurse practitioner.