Elgin grad completes culinary arts degree Posted in: Lifestyle On Saturday, March 23, Serena LaShay Smith, a 2016 Elgin High School graduate, marched across the stage and accepted her Associates of Applied Science in Culinary Arts degree with high honors from the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Austin Texas. During high school, Serena was a competitive athlete in track and field and served as an Athletic Trainer where she quickly became a reliable, skilled support to the football team. She was also a member of the Spanish Club, FFA and the Key Club where she served as chairperson. After high school, Serena began her post-secondary education at Midland College.PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!