So Hot Right Now

customImage  Mr. Hale examines chili peppers with students during WWOWW course.

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Mr. Hale examines chili peppers with students during WWOWW course.

MSA’s Winter Week of Wisdom and Wonder was created over a decade ago to spice up the curriculum. Former Head of School, Rick France, wanted to heat up the cold January days on the Hill, so he encouraged the faculty to come up with unique courses that would engage students and spark new interests and passions.

customImage  Students carefully mix ingredients and peppers to craft the perfect sauce.

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Students carefully mix ingredients and peppers to craft the perfect sauce.

This past WWOWW, MSA’s Director of Admission, Sam Hale, took this charge literally with his popular course, “Make Your Own Hot Sauce and Quick Pickles.” Mr. Hale taught students what goes into making a high-quality hot sauce and the various grades of hot sauces sold in the United States.

customImage  Students learned about peppers and how each has its own heat level.

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Students learned about peppers and how each has its own heat level.

After learning this, students embarked on their own hands-on creation of three hot sauce varieties. Carefully balancing chili peppers and other ingredients, they developed three unique MSA hot sauces, which were bottled and used in the dining hall. In addition to Mr. Hale’s expertise, the class was assisted by MSA’s food service provider, Sage, and head chef, Erik.

Hot sauces allow people to enhance the flavor of their meals. This course seemed like a perfect paring for the Winter Week of Wisdom and Wonder—a program that enhances students’ educational experience at MSA
— Mr. Hale, Director of Admission
customImage  Bottled and ready to be served! The class proudly displays its work.

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Bottled and ready to be served! The class proudly displays its work.

Mr. Hale commented: “We investigated what makes a great hot sauce and then we tried our hands at making our own batches. Hot sauces allow people to enhance the flavor of their meals. This course seemed like a perfect paring for the Winter Week of Wisdom and Wonder—a program that enhances students’ educational experience at MSA.”