The First Annual Taste of Rays Country fundraiser, hosted by the Nazareth Bay Chapter of the National Honor Society in an effort to provide a scholarship to one graduating senior in the Class of 2018, showcased the culinary talents of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School students, faculty, school administrators, and alumni, as well as district leadership.
The event, held Sunday, May 20 in Kean Café, highlighted foods in the categories of seafood, meat/poultry/pork, vegetarian, starch, pasta, and desserts. While attendees enjoyed tastings in each category, the seafood and dessert categories were popular among those in attendance.
St. Thomas-St. John Deputy Superintendent Racquel Berry-Benjamin entered the seafood category with a Shrimp Delight dish. The entry was bursting with the flavors of local seasonings and peppers that attendees kept returning to. Assistant Principal Desha Powell participated with batches of mouth-watering butter cookies.
At the end of the three-hour afternoon event, winners were announced in each category and received a trophy:
Seafood: Andre Douglas (Math Teacher) Salmon Balls
Meat/Poultry/Pork: Dorrencia Gray (11th Grader) D and S Stuffed Pork
Vegetarian Dish: Mekeda Williams (12th Grader) Veggie Sliders
Starch: Michaelrose Ravalier (Science Teacher) Rice Fiesta
Pasta: Jikelle Michael (12th Grader) Penel’s Pasta
Dessert: Anissa Wallen (7th Grader - All Saints Cathedral School) Nissa’s Cheesecake
Students and staff are already looking forward to next year's tasting.
The Nazareth Bay Chapter of the National Honor Society continues to raise funds for the scholarship, which will be presented to the selected student on Honors Night in June. The organization's co-chairs are Shenee Charles, president and Joel Fleming, treasurer.