Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Culinary Arts/Upper Dublin High School senior, Sue Mun, was chosen as one of only 25 students selected throughout the nation to participate in the Congress-Bundestag program. The Congress-Bundestag Vocational Scholarship provides an opportunity for U.S. high school graduates who have undertaken vocational training to spend their 13th year in Germany pursuing their vocational interests. This scholarship is provided through Nacel Open Door, Inc. Nacel Open Door, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to international understanding and language education.
Sue submitted a lengthy application for the Congress-Bundestag scholarship back in January 2016, which included several essays, transcripts from Upper Dublin High School and her career and technical program at EASTERN, passport photo, and several recommendation letters. Once she was selected as a semi-finalist, she interviewed with the Nacel Open Door panel in March. In April, Sue received the phone call she had been waiting for, and was told she was accepted into this prestigious program.
Soon, Sue will be given information on her host family and where she will be going to school and/or interning. Sue is hoping to be placed in an internship at a bakery or restaurant while in Germany, but she is excited about this unique opportunity no matter where she is placed.
“This has been a great year for Sue,” said Hayley Granacher, EASTERN’s Culinary Arts Instructor. “In January, Sue received the gold medal in the SkiIIsUSA District 2 Baking Competition, and went on to receive the bronze medal at the SkillsUSA State Competition last week. She works very well under pressure and does not compare herself or her skills to others. She keeps focused on improving upon her recipes and technical baking skills. I am so proud of all of her accomplishments over the past two years, and look forward to her representing EASTERN in Germany.”
After her return from Germany she plans to attend the Culinary Institute of America for Baking and Pastry.
EASTERN’s Culinary Arts program enables students to acquire a variety of skills including soup and sauce preparation, preparation of meat, fish and poultry entrees, baking, kitchen sanitation, purchasing and inventory controls.