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The Courtyard Cake

Mrs. Amanda Murray

In the heart of our courtyard, students and staff watched as the apple tree started leaning due to the abundance of fruit that grew from the tree. Pastry Arts and Foods and Nutrition teacher, Mrs. Sharon Thompson, took it upon herself to turn these apples into a delicious cake that was shared by the staff. 

Mrs. Thompsons recipe for the “Courtyard Cake”. (Malea Nadeo)

Mrs. Murray and her enthusiastic students, Wes Chapman and Jack Wonderling, plucked each apple off the tree filling laundry baskets to give to Mrs. Thompson. Laughter filled the courtyard, and the students and Mrs. Murray found joy in working together to gather ingredients to make the cake. 

Wes and Jack gave the apples to Mrs. Thompson, and her Pastry Arts class embarked on their culinary adventure to create this delectable treat. “I had students peel the apples, and then we all chipped in together and made the bread. Mrs. Murray organized it, and our students in the Foods and Nutrition room baked it,” Thompson stated. 

This cake is an apple bread with a cinnamon swirl and crisp sugared top, made in unity by students and staff. This cake reveals what it’s like to be a part of the Hempfield Area High School community. It often takes many hands to bring about a delectable final product. If we all work together, we can all eat cake. 

 Staff was able to try the tasty treat, and this started a new tradition at Hempfield – the “Spartan Courtyard Cake”.


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About the Contributor
Malea Nadeo
Malea Nadeo, Contributor
Born and raised in Hempfield, Malea Nadeo has been a member of the Spartan community her whole life. She is the Overall Administrator of Hempfield Area Mini-THON, a member of National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, and Project 18, and fills her free time with a plethora of clubs. She loves getting involved around the school and spends most of her time raising money for Mini - THON, volunteering for United Spartans, and taking photos at pep rallies and sports events. Malea is most passionate about Television Writing and Broadcasting, where she is an anchor on Hempfield's news "15601". When she isn't in school, Malea enjoys spending time with her friends and family, creating videos, and listening to her favorite music.  In future years, Malea hopes to go to Penn State University for telecommunications and media industries to go on to work in television and help create movies. Writing for The Royal, taking photos for the yearbook, and anchoring 15601  allows Malea to do what she loves best - connect with her school community.