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Monett grad is among baking's best

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Dedre Beckett, a 2011 Monett High School graduate, is pictured above. She competed in the National SkillsUSA Championships in June in Kansas City and placed fifth out of 37 students. Competitors at the national event had to make all of their designated items in eight hours.
Dedre Beckett, a 2011 graduate of Monett High School, is among the nation's top bakers. She competed in the National Skills USA Championships on June 23 in Kansas City and earned fifth place.

Dedre completed two years of study in baking at the Southwest Area Career Center in Monett under the teaching of Vickie Fuller. Dedre competed at the SkillsUSA Missouri State Championships in Columbia where she placed first in state. She practiced many hours before the state contest, perfecting her pastry cream, which was one of the eight items she was required to prepare.

In the national competition, Dedre competed against 37 students from across the nation, the Virgin Islands, Guam and Puerto Rico. Each contestant was required to make the following in eight hours: rolled sugar cookies; pumpkin bread; a decorated cake; pineapple pie and blind pie crust; puff pastry; coffee cake; cinnamon rolls; white bread including knot rolls; three-braid bread; and pan loaf.

"This was my first time to compete at the national level," said Dedre. "I met a lot of cool people there that helped me with my decision of school choice. I'm really looking forward to attending Oregon Coast Culinary Institute."

Early in the competition, Dedre's timer broke, so she had to stay by each of her products while they baked and she still finished the competition 45 minutes early. She made her best products at the national competition and placed fifth. This was the highest that any SWACC culinary student has placed since Fuller took over the program 12 years ago.

Dedre will be attending Oregon Coast Culinary Institute in Portland, Ore., where she will study baking and pastry in an accelerated 15-month program. Chef Tina Powers, CEC, CMB, is the coordinator of the program. Dedre received several scholarships to help pursue her dream career of becoming a pastry chef.

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