Natara Mount, a Saratoga Springs High School senior, won the Saratoga County School Boards Association award for her “community service of great magnitude and of highest quality.”
A culinary arts student, Ms. Mount was presented with $150 from the association.
She was recognized for her volunteer work with cooking for the homeless at Shelters of Saratoga and for the families at the Saratoga Springs Little League. She also was a volunteer teacher, with Chef Maureen Clancy, for WSWHE BOCES Junior Chef’s Project Enrich course.
In addition to her volunteer work, she works as a tray liner in the cafeteria at Saratoga Hospital.
“I feel great,” said Ms. Mount. “It’s good to know that somebody actually appreciates what you do for the community and rewards you for it.”
Ms. Mount, who has also competed on the state level at the SkillsUSA competition, is pursuing a career as a pastry chef. She plans on attending Schenectady County Community College in the fall to earn her associates in baking and pastry.
She was honored, along with their parents and representatives from her school, at a dinner at Panza's restaurant earlier this month.