The members of Carson High School's state championship culinary arts team says the show will go on despite the arrest of one of its integral members.
Troy Szczotka, 18, who was recognized for his skill in creating
a three-dimensional chocolate butterfly, is charged in the defacing
of Carson Middle School and two Carson City businesses. He will not
be allowed to take part in the national competition which begins
April 30 in Charlotte, N.C.
Carson High School culinary teammate Kelly Taylor will build the
butterfly, which tops the champagne mousse of the team's
three-course meal. The menu also includes an appetizer of poached
salmon and an entree of seared ostrich tenderloin.
Szczotka, whose name is pronounced TSOT'-ka, has given up a
chance for a full scholarship to Johnson & Wales University and the
Culinary Institute of America.
"I'm deeply concerned about tagging throughout our school
district and throughout our community, as I think everyone is,"
said Carson City School District Superintendent Mary Pierczynski.
"If it was a student, then we are saddened by the whole
All competing culinary students had signed the school's
right-to-represent agreement, which states that students
participating in activities in public are representatives of the
school and can be removed for failing to meet that obligation.
"Any infraction is automatic dismissal," said culinary teacher