SHOWCASE: Jen Drake, 14, has cooked over 50 vegetarian recipes for the FCAC personal challenge project.
SHOWCASE: Jen Drake, 14, has cooked over 50 vegetarian recipes for the FCAC personal challenge project.

Vego eats her way to good grades in class challenge

FRASER Coast Anglican College student Jen Drake has spent the last seven months eating her way to a good grade.

As part of the school's grade nine personal challenge assignment, students were asked to pick a project they may not normally get to do in the average classroom; from seahorse breeding to computer game creating.

On Monday night, Jen and her fellow classmates proudly showcased their assignments for their parents and the public to see.

For her assignment, Jen decided to work her way through a vegetarian cookbook and write a blog about her experience.

"Because I'm vegetarian I wanted to learn how to cook lots of vegetarian recipes," Jen said.

"It was really hard at first but I got into it."

Since starting the project, Jen completed more than 50 recipes and uploaded her experience online.

"I'd write about what ingredients were needed and if it was difficult to cook and what it tasted like," she said.

"My favourites were the smoothies and the lentil chilli bowl- that was really good."

Jen's mum Soraya said she felt her daughter learned a lot from her experience about how much effort went into preparing vegetarian meals.

"She didn't cook a whole lot before and it can sometimes be hard to find the right ingredients for certain meals, I think she understands that now," Ms Drake said.

"I think the opportunity to do something out of the ordinary and broaden their knowledge is important."

FCAC Principal Mrs Leisa Harper said she is amazed at not just the variety of the work accomplished but also the quality.

"The ingenuity of the students and for many of them the passion that they put into their projects is something for them to be very proud of," Mrs Harper said.
 



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