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Nassau BOCES culinary student nominated for national award

Sofia Gutierrez shows off a dessert in her culinary arts uniform

West Hempstead High School senior, Sofia Gutierrez has been nominated to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Sofia is also a second year culinary student in Mike Delillo’s class at Nassau BOCES Barry Tech. As a member of the Barry tech community she has shown herself to be a leader and serves as a SkillsUSA officer for the program.

“When I found out I was nominated I was really excited,” said Sofia. “It's exciting I didn't know someone from West Hempstead could be in the running for a presidential scholar award.”

Sofia is the senior class president at West Hempstead High School and is the head of the school’s student council. She organizes everything from senior prom fashion show to class night where they do sports, skits, and dance. She was nominated by her school guidance counselor for this honor.

“I’ve always been interested in culinary. Baking and pastries are my favorite. Before my dad passed away we baked together a lot. He was a baker chef at Hofstra University and I always cooked with him.”

“I don't let mom in kitchen. I find cake decorating relaxing. Cake Boss inspires me. I took a class there and learned some amazing techniques. It all started when I baked a cake for the guidance office. They said we think you should apply to BOCES for the culinary program.”

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors.

Sofia will be attending Johnson and Wales in the fall.