Cody North Receives First Meredith Village Savings Bank Culinary Arts Center Scholarship

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) is pleased to announce Cody North of Belmont is the first recipient of the Meredith Village Savings Bank Culinary Arts Center Scholarship.

In 2012, Meredith Village Savings Bank donated $100,000 to the Huot Regional Technical Center – Laconia High School Capital Campaign in support of the Culinary Arts program. The support assisted in the creation of a new state-of-the-art educational facility, kitchens and a flagship restaurant that is the cornerstone of the recent remodel at Laconia High School.

The Huot Technical Center provides career and technical education programs for students of Laconia, Gilford, Belmont, Inter-Lakes, Franklin and Winnisquam Regional High Schools. In the two year-year culinary arts program, students begin to develop skills that are essential to employment in all facets of the food service industry. Students are part of a team that caters school functions and special parties and operates the in-school Meredith Village Savings Bank Culinary Arts Center. Students learn a wide range of skills from baking to cost analysis to line skills and have the opportunity to earn college credit through the New Hampshire Community College system.

"The culinary arts program is very appreciative of the continued support of MVSB," said Jack Aldrich, program instructor, "the scholarship will support strong students, such as Cody, in their efforts to grow and develop into chefs and leaders in the culinary industry."

Cody is the son of Heather North and will be attending the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York this fall. A member of the National Technical Honor Society and alumni of the culinary arts program at the Huot Center, Cody graduated from Belmont High School in June.

"MVSB is thrilled to have Cody as the first recipient," said Debbie Irwin, Marketing Programs Manager at Meredith Village Savings Bank as well as a member of the culinary arts program advisory board, "Cody consistently demonstrated a passion for culinary arts as well as honesty, leadership and excellence. These qualities are strongly valued by the Bank and the Huot Center, and they will serve Cody well as he continues his education and ultimately in his career."