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Whipping up important skills

The importance of learning to cook
Olivia Richardson
Marshall Butler, Carson Anderson in foods class holding fries

More than 28% of young adults don’t know how to cook and they lack basic skills in the kitchen. Being able to cook is a vital life skill that many children these days don’t have. Learning how to cook helps kids learn healthy eating habits and creates a good relationship with food, if a child never learns how to cook they may never learn and rely on fast food or doordash. 

Here at Grantsville High there is a class provided for students to learn how to cook and avoid a bad lifestyle called Foods. This class helps students learn the importance of the type of food you put in your body and how to cook. Mrs. Johnson, the Food and Nutrition teacher at Grantsville High School, has been teaching for 2 years in the FACS department even though she previously taught preschool for 15 years! 

    This semester there are 177 students in the Food and Nutrition class. Mrs. Johnson loves to make a difference in students’ lives by teaching them how to be successful in the kitchen. “I love teaching students how to cook in Foods and Culinary 1 classes, and teaching students how to be successful in the kitchen. This makes my teaching position very enjoyable and rewarding. I like to make a difference in the lives of my students”. 

Within Foods class you not only learn how to cook, you learn how to do dishes, what certain items are/what they do, you learn how what foods you should eat and what foods you should have in moderation, and you do it all with other students around you so it also teaches you teamwork and social skills.

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“Remember, life is a journey, not a destination. Stay curious, open- minded, and compassionate to yourself and others. Your path may twist and turn, but each experience provides an opportunity to go and discover yourself” said Mrs. Johnson. 

Go explore yourself, go explore the kitchen, go explore the world! Learn how to cook, eat good and nutritious foods so you can live a full life full of adventures. You can start here, at Grantsville High School. Come learn to cook! 

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Olivia Richardson
Doing anything by herself was hard. Going up the stairs was almost impossible. Going down was a little easier. She sat on the top step. She set her crutches by her side and started the slow descent. Sliding down step by step. After only a few steps she stopped. Olivia Richardson couldn’t take it anymore. The initial knee injury was hard, but the fact that she had had to get surgery and now couldn’t walk on it was even harder. So was the fact that no matter what no one understood what it was like. To not be able to do the things she loved. To not be able to even just practice with her volleyball team no matter how hard that practice was. Volleyball was a part of her.   Liv had broken multiple parts of her knee. Tripping over a hurdle at a track meet had started this painful process, and was continued as her knee cap popped out of place at every volleyball practice. She had been through surgery, and grueling physical therapy that pushed her to her limits each and every time. She worked hard. She pushed through the pain, and at times it was constant. She was doing it for her team. She was doing it for her body. But most of all she was doing it for herself! She was the one who was going to come out on top. Then she could prove to them what she could do.    Liv stood on the volleyball court. Varsity player. An asset to the team. She had come so far. Looking around she was filled with gratitude for the simple things she had taken for granted before. “Volleyball has given me opportunities to meet new people and travel” Liv said. She cherishes all the memories she makes with her team and she knows they will be there for her and in return she wants to be there for them when they go through hard times.   Now she understands what it’s like to feel alone. What it was like for no one to understand how you feel. Also what it’s like to come out on top. To get through the hard times. Olivia Richardson had won!     
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