Primavera Online High School student Rachael Litwiller of Mesa has won the $120,000 Scholarship Through Careers in Culinary Arts Program (CCAP). Litwiller completed her high school courses at Primavera Online High School in January with a 4.1. GPA and participated in two cooking competitions.
Additionally, she completed an in-depth interview with culinary professionals to win first place in the CCAP Arizona competition and the scholarship. Litwiller plans to use the prize to apply for culinary school and earn a culinary arts degree.
As a Primavera student, Litwiller was able to get ahead in school and simultaneously attend the culinary arts program at a local school in the East Valley. While Primavera courses are 100 percent online, she could complete much of her schoolwork and get in-person help from a certified teacher at the Primavera lab.
“The best thing Primavera has allowed me to do is pursue my passions and get a head start in my career,” said Litwiller. “It allowed me to graduate early, and gave me more time to work, earn money for college and improve my culinary skills. After college, I hope to start my own business and give back to the community by finding a way to feed everyone I can, even those who can’t afford it.”