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Anne Arundel County education briefs

AACC has top chefs in contest

Team Anne Arundel, the student culinary team at Anne Arundel Community College's Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute, took first place at the seventh annual Chesapeake Culinary Cup competition this month at the Glen Burnie Town Center.

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The Chesapeake Culinary Cup is an American Culinary Federation-sanctioned competition open to regional postsecondary culinary arts programs. Schools enter a four-member team, with three handling savory dishes and one pastry contestant. In addition to taking first place team overall, members earned the following individual medals:

•Jen Thomas of Arnold, gold medal for pan-seared rockfish with seafood tomato broth.

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•Jillian Catterton of Annapolis, silver medal for roasted pork loin wrapped in sausage with mushroom sauce.

•Erin Ward of Arnold, silver medal for espresso-crusted duck breast with blackberry sauce.

•Hilary Frink of Baltimore, silver medal in pastry for oat-barley sponge cake with sweet goat cheese cream.

Team Anne Arundel is coached and mentored by Chef John Johnson, instructional specialist. Other schools competing for the Chesapeake Culinary Cup were Monroe Community College of Rochester, N.Y., which placed second, and the Pennsylvania School of Culinary Arts at the York Technical Institute, which finished third.

Great Give raises cash for schools

With nearly 350 donors, Anne Arundel County Public Schools had the third-highest number of donors among 170 nonprofits participating in the Great Give 2015. Overall, the event, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County, raised more than $21,000 for school initiatives, and a record $907,997 for programs countywide.

The school system also benefited from sponsors providing monetary incentives through various contests during the campaign: Koch Homes, Sandy Spring Bank, First National Bank, BGE, BWI, Devere Insulation, and Springhill Suites of Annapolis were contest and event sponsors.

Great Give contest winners were: Seven Oaks Elementary, $250; Chesapeake Bay Middle, $250; Deale Elementary, $250; MacArthur Middle, $500; North Glen Elementary, $500; Phoenix Academy, $500; Benfield Elementary, $500; Ruth Eason School, airline voucher; Annapolis High, $500 and an airline voucher; Kristen Duffy of Bodkin Elementary, $500 and an airline voucher as Teacher of the Hour; and George Cromwell Elementary, purse and wallet for most entries.

Financial aid access

Financial aid is available at Anne Arundel Community College. The college also has a no-fee, interest-free payment plan that allows the cost of tuition to be spread throughout a term. Payment plans are available. For information about financial aid, call 410-777-2203 or go to aacc.edu/finaid. Students can also meet with a financial aid representative on a walk-in basis at the Arnold campus, Glen Burnie Town Center, AACC at Arundel Mills or the Fort Meade Army Education Center.

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