Local senior wins scholarship to Paul Smith's College

Shawn Derrick, a student at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, won a $4,000 scholarship to Paul Smith's College after placing second in a baking competition on campus.

Derrick, of Clay, competed with 11 other budding chefs and bakers at the 14th Annual Paul Smith's College Cooking for Scholarships competition, which was held on Saturday March 5.

Each contestant decorated a 9-inch cake, poached a pear and caramelized apples as part of the competition.

More than $30,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded at the event, which was judged by a panel of Paul Smith's faculty chefs. Scholarships are renewable for up to four years.

The competitors prepared their food at the Statler Foundation Culinary Training Facility on the Paul Smith's campus.

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