Southeastern Regional Voc Tech Graduate Hopes to Decrease Diabetes - With Desserts
BlancaLiz Diaz, 2011 Class President of Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School is concerned about the increase in overweight and diabetes, along with the increasing health risks. As a high school student in Culinary Arts at SRVTHS, she did her senior project on “Desserts and Diabetes”, compiling her own original recipes. According to Ms Diaz, “the simpler you make a dessert at home, the healthier people will be”.
Ms Diaz is a student at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, studying Baking and Pastry. Home on an externship from April 3 – September 2, 2012, she works Tuesday through Saturday at the Konditor Meister in Braintree making decorations for and assembling cakes, taking orders, and working the pastry counter. Though her course of studies is a 4 year program, she has set her sights on completing it in just 3 ½ years – and she’s right on schedule as she just began her Sophomore year.
BlancaLiz didn’t always want to be a chef. Before exploring the shops at SRVTHS, she considered a career in science or psychology, but she fell in love with the Culinary Arts program in her first week. That’s when she decided to make it her career focus, a decision she has never regretted. She plans to own her own restaurant and bakery after graduation.
The Brockton native attributes her success to Chef Berry, Chef Maiden and her education at her former high school. “The Chefs made sure I had the knowledge, so I already had a grip and understanding when I went to college. I do my homework and am well prepared. I learned how to learn at Southeastern”.
“Everybody needs to discover their inner fabulous”, recommends BlancaLiz. At the conclusion of her externship in September she is headed to a 3 week wine class in Spain. Being fully bilingual in English and Spanish, she’s sure to maximize her experience.
Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School is a public 9-12 vocational high school located in Easton, Massachusetts, serving approximately 1,250 students from the city of Brockton and the towns of East Bridgewater, Easton, Foxborough, Mansfield, Norton, Sharon, Stoughton, and West Bridgewater.