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Hardy qualifies for national baking contest

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Krista Hardy state award photo

PLATTSMOUTH – Krista Hardy has compiled a menu-sized list of accomplishments in her academic and extracurricular activities at Plattsmouth High School.

Her five-star resume now includes a ticket to a national baking contest.

Hardy will have a chance to compete in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference next week. She earned the honor by finishing third in the Level 3 baking and pastry contest at the recent state conference. The contest was part of the Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) event competition at state.

Plattsmouth family and consumer sciences teacher Carmen Hall said she was thrilled with Hardy’s achievement. Hardy prepared cinnamon swirl bread, choux pastry (cream puffs) with filling, country herb rolls and peanut butter cookies at the state contest.

Hardy and other participants in the national baking and pastry contest will demonstrate their skills by making a quick bread, choux pastry, shaped yeast bread and dessert for judges. This year’s meal will include blueberry scones with vanilla icing, chocolate eclairs and challah bread rolls. They must also decorate a cake with the inscription of “Beyond Measure 2021.”

National officials have provided links to each student showing them the complete recipe information. The recipes include a list of ingredients and the procedures judges would like to see the teenagers use during the baking process.

Hardy and other competitors must create a digital document that shows them working on the meal during the testing window of May 10-14. Judges will use this document to evaluate each student.

Hardy’s file must include 12 photos of the food products, one photo of her in her complete chef’s attire, her time schedule for preparing the meal and a proof of project summary form submission. Students must introduce themselves by name and chapter in the digital document, and they must show judges the entire food preparation process.

Many national contests will take place on a virtual basis across the country next week. Judges will spend time looking at each digital file before making their decisions. FCCLA officials will announce winners of STAR events June 27-July 1.

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