Culinary Arts and Hospitality student Alex McDonald was chosen as the March Student of the Month at the Southern Adirondack Education Center in Hudson Falls.
Alex, an 18-year-old high school senior who attends Fort Edward High School, is in his second year of Culinary Arts and Hospitality program. In addition to learning Culinary Arts, Alex has learned a lot from his role as president of SAEC’s Key Club. “My role as president of the SAEC Key Club has helped me with giving speeches and talking to large crowds,” Alex said. “When you look at a community at a glance, most people you see are the ones who are doing all right. The ones you don’t see, are the ones who can’t make ends meet and provide food for their families. Being a part of Key Club has given me the chance to see the other side, the side that struggles. I feel this makes me a better person overall and makes me want to help more.”
His Key Club activities have included making 35 turkeys for the Home Town Thanksgiving and helping with the signup process for the event. He also helped make box lunches for the Special Olympics.
Having a positive outlook on life, Alex said, “Life is only as rewarding as you see it. I strongly believe in the saying, ‘If you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem.’”
After graduating, Alex plans to go to go to a community college for the first two years then transfer to Paul Smith’s College or the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. He said, “I hope to get the practice needed to make it in the real world as a chef and even eventually have the opportunity to own my own restaurant.”
Chef Jones said of Alex, “Over the past two years I have watched a young shy culinary student emerge as a true leader for our culinary arts team. As the president of the Key Club, Alex, has had the task of organizing and generating enthusiasm for a multitude of community events. The successful completion of 12,000 box lunches for the Special Olympics, Home Town Thanksgiving, Operation Santa Claus, and The Wait House projects are a tribute to the SAEC Key Club, and evidence of his true leadership, and inspiration. I congratulate him on this nomination, and look forward to his growth as a civic and community leader.”