Spotlights Stories

Oak Harbor High School’s Culinary Program: A Taste-Good Story

by William Walker in Spotlight

Whidbey Island is a place of abundance. We revel in it. Vistas of water, mountains, and pastures astonish us every day. Actors and musicians greet us over coffee at the corner bistro. Public servants of all ages rub shoulders with us everywhere.

Up north, Oak Harbor High School’s culinary arts program revels in its own abundance of talent, gratitude, and service to the community. Wildcat Catering proudly turns out smiling chefs at events all over North Whidbey. The culinary team has won eight state championships and placed within the top five in the nation four times. The state championship that they won this year gives them a fifth opportunity to be ranked best in the nation at the National ProStart Invitational, in which they compete at the end of the month.

Seeing the Overlooked: Botanical Illustrator Focuses on What We Miss

by Shawn Berit in Spotlight

Macro-beauty is easy to see: Hiking a trail through Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, you can easily take in the sweeping vistas and epic landscapes. Yet it’s easy to miss the micro-beauty: The Nootka rose and nodding onions escape notice. Natural and invasive plants line the hiking trails and hillsides, but they’re rarely fully seen.

Not everyone overlooks the native flora, though. Botanical illustrator Deborah Montgomerie sees what others often miss. She goes beyond just looking at the world to really focus on the intricate details, down to the smallest seed. Through the use of graphite, ink, and watercolor paints, the plants of Whidbey come to life on her paper.