Meet Sabrina Wilson

Sabrina Wilson. Photo by Prestige Portraits.

By Joan Frances –

Students at Miller Career and Technology Center have an advantage over their peers at other schools; they know exactly what they will be doing after graduation. Sabrina Wilson is a senior who has a talent for cooking, and with the progress she has made in the culinary arts, she is prepared to take the next step to her efficacious career.

Sabrina has achieved success in academics and is a member of the band, color guard, winter guard and has contributed to a 3rd place win at State competition. She has devoted many hours to the National Charity League (NCL), where she was awarded the NCL Highest League Hours Hourglass Award  for serving 100+ hours in one charity. Sabrina is a member of Pro-Start, NCL LadyBirds, an officer for SkillsUSA, Future Farmers of America (FFA), Habitat for Humanity and an altar server at St. John Vianney Catholic Church.

One value the Sabrina lives by is commitment. “Albert Einstein said, ‘Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.’ I am committed to living to my full potential. I don’t do anything halfway, and I go all in or not at all.”

Sabrina’s favorite teacher is Chelsea Gumm, her culinary art teacher.  “Chef Gumm has changed my life.  She introduced me to my future and has helped me grow into a disciplined and innovative culinary student.  Learning basics like cuts from julienne to tourne as a first year, to running the Bistro as a senior, Chef Gumm has prepared me for so many facets of my career. She is a role model who gives 110% all of the time and inspires me daily. She resourcefully finds ways to make money for our competition team and teach us at the same time.  After a long day of teaching, she goes home and puts that amount of love, energy and imagination into being a wife and mother.”

Sabrina’s leadership skills are admirable. “No matter my station, dishwasher or head chef, the people in my kitchen are my crew, my family.  We work hard together to create something beautiful out of nothing that is amazing and that people will enjoy.  As head chef, or any other leader role, it is an added duty to ‘drive the boat’ and get us all to the same place at the same time. Further, there is a constant need to watch, to educate, to chastise, to discipline and even to let go for the good of the crew and the food.”

These past years of high school, Sabrina has enjoyed the people she has met along the way. “The relationships I have formed and friendships I cherish have taught me to be patient, kind and also to be aggressive and fight for something I care about.  My friends have had the greatest impact on becoming who I am today.”

Sabrina will be attending The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) – Hyde Park.  She will pursue a Bachelors in Culinary Arts and an Associate in Pastry Arts.  She was awarded a Merit Scholarship, presented to a CIA student who has demonstrated academic excellence and leadership qualities, and a Recognition Award to acknowledge the many ways students achieve personal and professional accomplishments. Both scholarships are renewable annually.

Congratulations Sabrina for your commitment to your talent and commendable leadership skills. Good luck as you continue to make an impact in this world in your future career.