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January 7, 2020

Student Ministry Students Vie for Coveted Silver Ladle

For at least a decade, the Student Ministry Department has hosted a Soup Cook-Off in the Old Main lobby for the entire Geneva community to enjoy.  This year, the theme was “Holidays” and nine teams competed for the coveted Silver Ladle trophy.

Drumroll please…the winning team was “National Diabetes Day” (celebrated on Nov. 14, the day of the Cook-Off).  It’s not a traditional holiday, but a holiday nonetheless.  Lead by Dr. Terry Thomas, the team of Bre Lewis, Marissa Kotanichek, Gina Magda, Jordin West, Alexander Neal and Corrine Alderfer created a delicious red pepper soup – with the consistency of blood.  Floating in the soup were grilled cheese “fingers” with red-tipped toothpicks representing the traditional pin prick that Diabetes sufferers endure.  Costumes included a doctor’s coat for “Dr. Love” Alexander Neal, and Type 1 and Type 2 t-shirts for Bre and Marissa.  Jordin looked really “sweet” in her candy-adorned shirt and hair. 

Other contributions included:

  • Cinco de Mayo chili: Emma Bankes
  • Labor Day chili (purchased at Wendy’s because the team said “it was Labor Day and we had the day off”): Lydia Tack, Kevin Donaldson, Micah Reese, Levi Cole and Trevor Saltsman
  • Festive Fall Beef & Veggie Soup: Rachel Ward and Dan Wood
  • Christmas “Roast Beast Stew”: Nicole Peterson and Tyler Allen
  • Feliz Navidad Mexican Meatball soup, with mucho Mexican toppings: The Dr. Doug Bradbury family, Ashley Swift and Rachel Koontz
  • Mardi Gras Jambalaya soup: Catie Gordon, Joey Havrilla, Becca Buzzi, George Della Piazza and Michael Guile
  • Mardi Gras Red Bean soup: Nate Heidengren, Kennedy Eason, Ethan Moose, Noah Ross and Eli Grove
  • Breakfast Casserole soup (an original recipe): Emilio Griffin, Natalie Barber and Beryl Wickham

Freshman Joey Havrilla really got into the Mardi Gras spirit when presenting his team’s Jambalaya.  “I had a great time playing with a New Orleans accent while wearing a Southern gentleman white suit,” said Joey. “I joined with a team of people that I didn’t know very well, and we had a lot of fun working together to make our soup. It was a real bonding experience!   All of the soups were delicious, and everyone did an amazing job putting it all together.”

The Student Ministry Soup Cook-Off is traditionally held each November, and all students, friends, faculty and staff are invited to join us as cooks or taste-testers.  Stop by the Student Ministry office in Old Main to check out the Silver Ladle trophy with names of past winners.

The mission of Geneva College's Department of Bible, Christian Ministries, and Philosophy is to educate, in our fields of learning and expertise, servant leaders:

  • Who know and love God as He is revealed in the Scriptures
  • Who reflect deeply on the most important issues human beings face
  • Who are competent in their designated fields of study 
  • Who discern and develop their gifts, and use them in God's service 
  • Who are engaged in transforming culture for the kingdom of God

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