Posts tagged ‘Michelle Obama’

Ava Terosky Cooks Her Way to the White House

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There may come a day where we write about Ava Terosky as a Penn State alumna who is revered for her work in software engineering or photography.

For now, Ava—the 9-year-old daughter of two alums, Jeff ’95 and Aimee LaPointe Terosky ’95—is one of the best young chefs in America. She recently won a cooking contest which gave her the opportunity to go to the White House and have lunch with Michelle Obama and 55 other chefs between the ages of 8 and 12.

Her winning dishes were a spinach and mushroom omelette and a fruit and yogurt parfait, both shaped like dogs in honor of the Obama family’s two Portuguese water dogs. Part of the inspiration for the way she presented her dishes came from the food she prepares for her younger sister, a picky eater who is more compelled to eat Ava’s cooking when it looks like an animal.

When asked if she was surprised by the fact that her dish won, Ava (who also recently cooked with famed Philly chef Marc Vetri) told Billy Penn “I knew I was going to win, I just knew it.”

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

July 21, 2016 at 9:05 am Leave a comment

Mike the Mailman Receives a Special Letter

Mike Herr has fans all over the country, and that doesn’t just include Penn Staters with stories about the university’s affable mailman. In fact, the President of the United States decided to send a note to Mike to express his admiration for Mike’s 48 years of service.

Barack Obama wrote a letter thanking Mike for “helping the Federal Government deliver on our nation’s promise and meet our responsibilities to the American people.” You can read the entire letter right here:


via Mike the Mailman

Mike posted a few additional photos onto his Facebook account on Sunday. If you’d like to join the President and congratulate Mike on his retirement, just remember that his final day is on April 1. And make sure you keep an eye out for much more on Mike’s life and career in our May/June issue.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

March 21, 2016 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

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