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Award-winning ProStart student gets career jumpstart


Participating on her high school’s culinary team, working in a restaurant and applying for college apparently wasn’t challenging enough for Sarah Lieberman.

While getting ready to graduate from Monroe-Woodbury High School/Orange Ulster BOCES, the 17-year-old was working on a community service project to earn her the highest honor in Girl Scouts. And she started her college courses at the Culinary Institute of America four days before graduating from high school.

“I’ve wanted to go to CIA my whole life,” says Lieberman, who was supposed to start classes Aug. 2. Lieberman says she didn’t want to stay home all summer getting bored, so she asked the CIA admissions counselor if she could start early.

Now, she’s living on campus in Hyde Park, about 40 minutes away from her parents in Monroe, N.Y. She got her chef’s uniform last week, and she’s taking classes in food product knowledge, gastronomy and culinary math and writing.

Just a few months ago, she was at CIA, competing in the culinary competition at the New York State ProStart Invitational. Her school’s management placed first and went on to compete in the National ProStart Invitational in late April.

Around the same time, she was raising money to design and install a Zen garden at her local middle school. She received a Girl Scout Gold Award for the project.

“Girl Scouts and cooking have been a big part of my life,” she says.

As a ProStart student, Lieberman spent half the school at Monroe-Woodbury High School, then spent the rest of the day in culinary and hospitality management classes at Orange-Ulster BOCES.

As a child, Lieberman enjoyed cooking with her grandmother. But after a four-day hospital stay at the end of her freshman year in high school, she knew she wanted a culinary career. The chef at the hospital, a CIA graduate, inspired her.

Since then, she’s dreamed of owning her own restaurant. But she’s also considering a teaching career.

“I want to give back and show other kids how they can follow their dreams, too.

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