Anne Koehlinger has always had an interest in entrepreneurship. At a young age she spent a summer at her family’s lake house and decided to start her own business making and selling jewelry. Today the budding entrepreneur is a high school senior preparing for college at the Illinois Virtual School for College Prep. Once she decides which college she wants to attend, she intends to pursue her Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Studies with the goal of one day owning her own business.
Anne Koehlinger also actively volunteers with her church, Holy Family Parish, in Illinois. In 2011 she worked with the church’s Food Assistance Program to teach young students about food preparation. During this event she and a co-curricular leader helped teach elementary school students how to decorate cupcakes. She again taught a class on cupcake preparation in 2012 as part of a community service project. Anne Koehlinger prepared cupcakes in February and March of 2012 and then brought them to a Rose Elementary School classroom to give students the opportunity to decorate their own cupcakes. She has also helped prepare food for Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS), a county-wide homeless support outreach effort affiliated with her church. Each Sunday, Holy Family Parish hosts a PADS event where homeless men and woman receive food, take part in activities, and are provided with a bed.
In her free time, Anne Koehlinger enjoys studying photography. This interest ties back to her goal of one day opening a bistro, as she hopes to use her photography skills to help market her business. She also enjoys international travel as it was a family trip to Paris that sparked her interest in culinary arts. Anne Koehlinger remembered being impressed by how food was such an important part of the Parisian culture.
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