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Academy of Culinary Arts Recognizes Three Valedictorians at Awards Ceremony

December 22, 2010

 The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College awarded culinary medals and certificates to nearly 50 new chefs and baking and pastry professionals prepared with the latest culinary knowledge on Wednesday, Dec. 22.

Thirty-seven graduates honed their skills in the Academy’s Culinary Arts program, and ten completed the Baking and Pastry program. Four short-term specialization certificates in Baking and Pastry and Hot Food were awarded.

The awards ceremony was held in the college’s Walter Edge Theater on the Mays Landing Campus, and honored the graduates with gold, silver or bronze medals or certificates based on their grade point averages and criteria established by the American Culinary Federation. Specialization graduates received certificates of completion. A reception at Careme’s, the on-campus, student-run gourmet restaurant, followed the ceremony.

Jorjiana Costantino of Margate, Colleen Cox of Medford, and Nikki DiCicco of Moorestown, were named valedictorians and winners of the Nathan Schwartz Award, which is presented to the top student of each graduating class.

Honorees, their hometowns (by county) and their awards are:

ATLANTIC

Kelsey Bazelak, Mays Landing–Bronze, Baking and Pastry

Randall Bobb, Galloway–Certificate, Baking and Pastry

Matthew Cirino, Minotola–Certificate, Culinary Arts

Timothy Coco, Mays Landing–Certificate, Culinary Arts

Jorjiana Costantino, Margate–Gold, Culinary Arts

Aaron Coppens, Egg Harbor Twp.–Certificate, Culinary Arts

Bradford Eckman, Mays Landing–Bronze, Culinary Arts

David Laielli, Brigantine–Certificate, Culinary Arts

Alexandra Doyle, Hammonton–Silver, Culinary Arts

Andrew Huggard, Galloway–Silver, Culinary Arts

Daniel Spangler, Egg Harbor–Bronze, Culinary Arts

Ashley Tharp, Mays Landing–Bronze, Culinary Arts

Kevin Vance, Mays Landing–Bronze, Culinary Arts

BERGEN

Floyd Brewer, Ramsey–Certificate, Culinary Arts

BURLINGTON

Jaclyn Burns, Cinnaminson–Certificate, Baking and Pastry

Colleen Cox, Medford–Gold, Culinary Arts

Nikki Dicicco, Moorestown–Gold, Culinary Arts

CAMDEN

Grant Davis, Haddonfield–Silver, Culinary Arts

Breeanna Davis, Atco–Bronze, Culinary Arts

Jane Donnelly, Audubon–Silver, Baking and Pastry

Dana McLarney, Blackwood–Gold, Baking and Pastry

Melissa Traenkner, Collingswood–Certificate, Baking and Pastry Specialization

CAPE MAY

Rachael Fulford, Cape May Court House–Silver, Culinary Arts

Nicholas Heishman, North Cape May–Silver, Culinary Arts

Mike Farrell, Cape May Court House–Bronze, Culinary Arts

Veronica Harwood, Villas–Silver, Culinary Arts

Stephanie Jakel, North Wildwood–Bronze, Culinary Arts

Louis Rodia, Wildwood–Silver, Culinary Arts

Charles Smith, Ocean View–Bronze, Culinary Arts

Britney Thompson, Woodbine–Silver, Baking and Pastry

Anastasia Yanoschak, Ocean City–Bronze, Culinary Arts

CUMBERLAND

Theresa Bodine, Vineland–Silver, Culinary Arts

Angel Hernandez, Vineland–Bronze, Culinary Arts

Carly Skain, Millville–Silver, Culinary Arts

GLOUCESTER

Brandy Bundy, Williamstown–Silver, Culinary Arts

Wiliam Gaskill, Westville–Certificate, Culinary Arts

Kristen Hughes, Turnersville–Certificate, Baking and Pastry Specialization

Kathryn Kearns, Williamstown–Silver, Baking and Pastry

Kyle Leach, Sewell–Bronze, Baking and Pastry

Matthew McComb, Turnersville–Bronze, Culinary Arts

Barbara Seacrest, Franklinville–Bronze, Culinary Arts

Jessica Schlosser, National Park–Bronze, Baking and Pastry; Certificate, Hot Food Specialization

OCEAN

Jessica Boyle, Barnegat–Silver, Culinary Arts

Matthew Gonsiewski, Beachwood–Certificate, Culinary Arts

Anthony Guerino, Toms River–Certificate, Baking and Pastry Specialization

Stanley Markoski, Beach Haven–Bronze, Culinary Arts

Christopher Moore, North Beach Haven–Bronze, Culinary Arts

Tiffany Seaman, Bayville–Gold, Culinary Arts

Lisa E. Smith, Seaville–Silver, Culinary Arts

SALEM

Autumn McKie, Pennsville–Silver, Baking and Pastry

The ACA opened in 1981 on Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus to meet the growing needs of the hospitality industry. Academy graduates can be found in kitchens around the world in major hotel and restaurant chains, while others have gone on to open their own restaurants and catering businesses. For more information on the Academy of Culinary Arts, call 1-800-645‑CHEF, e-mail accadmit@atlantic.edu, or visit the ACA online at www.atlantic.edu/aca.