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Culinary Students’ Volunteerism Earns Them Exclusive Tour of White House

Jordan Homet stops for a photo in the White House Press Room From left, students Zachary Derck and Jordan Homet join Samuel Morgante, executive chef of dining services, for a White House tour Zachary Derck in front of the stage in the White House Press RoomStudents Zachary D. Derck, a culinary arts and systems student from Northumberland, and Jordan T. Homet, a culinary arts technology student from Granville Summit, recently were provided a back-scenes White House tour by a military representative. The students were accompanied by Samuel A. Morgante, executive chef of Dining Services at Penn College and a former Navy and White House chef. Their tour included the West Wing, the Navy Mess (President’s Dining Rooms), the Press Room and the outside grounds. According to Morgante, such a tour is only authorized for current White House staff or former members of the administration. Morgante arranged the tour in return for Derck and Homet’s volunteerism at a recent military member-recognition event in State College.Photos by Noelle A. Verdini, special events manager, Dining Services