Brewster’s Rachel Tomassetti -- a Star Baking, Pastry Arts & Culinary Student and BOCES’ Student of Distinction

October 30, 2017

Rachel Tomassetti not only loves to bake, but she has a real passion for the hospitality industry and knows it is clearly what she wants to study as she moves forward in her education.

At the PNW BOCES Tech Center in Yorktown, this Brewster High School senior has learned that baking and the business of the food service industry is her career path.  Her goal is to attend the Culinary Institute of America after taking general college courses possibly at Westchester Community College.
As a result of her hard work, dedication and skill, she was recognized as a BOCES Student of Distinction at the Brewster Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, October 24th.

Rachel spends four hours each day at the Hospitality Career Academy, where she studies general Culinary Arts for two hours and Advanced Pastry Arts for an additional two hours. She says she especially loves baking breads and cakes.

“Rachel has really shown an outstanding commitment and passion for the field,” said Chef Jenn Guiffre, her Pastry Arts teacher. “It is evident in her talent and work ethic.”

“She thrived in these classes and showed her talents and enthusiasm,” said Suzanne Low Pratt, the Hospitality teacher. “Thank you Brewster for sharing her with us.”

The Technical Center has about 1,200 students every week in its programs and about 10 students are recognized as Students of Distinction, Principal James Bellucci said.

“She is in the top percentage of the students here and she is an inspiration to others, and to me, as a principal,” he said.

Rachel smiled broadly as Brewster Superintendent of Schools Dr. Valerie Henning-Piedmonte placed an award medal on a blue ribbon around her neck.
“We are very proud of you and your commitment,” Dr. Henning-Piedmonte said, noting with appreciation that “BOCES provides programs that enrich local high schools.”
Dr. Lynn Allen, Assistant Superintendent of Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES  thanked the Brewster Central School Board for taking the time to “recognize one of our outstanding students.”

Photo caption:
From left to right,  Tech Center Principal James Bellucci; Johnny Tomassetti, 13, brother; Christine Tomassetti, mother; Rachel Tomassetti; John Tomassetti, father; BOCES’ Hospitality Instructor Suzanne Low Pratt; and Brewster Board of Education Trustee Mary Cay Nilsen.