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Alumni Spotlight: Emily (Huckleberry) Griffin '93

Emily Griffin and her husband, Matt, with their three children:  from left, Gavin, Gabriella and Greta. After Matt invented the Edge Brownie Pan,  which has been featured on "Oprah," the couple formed a company to sell their pans.

Name: Emily Huckleberry Griffin
Year of Scecina Graduation: 1993
College/University: Ball State University/Sullivan University
Degree: Legal Assistance Studies, Baking and Pastry Arts
Current Position: Chef, Vice President and Co-owner of Baker's Edge.

By Emily Griffin

I graduated from Scecina in 1993 with no real idea what I “wanted to be when I grew up.” I knew I had been afforded a quality education from wonderful teachers. They had all prepared me for college and what lies ahead. They showed me how to respect others and be ready to learn. I was taught the importance of balancing my time between my classes, school clubs, afterschool activities, a social life and my faith.

My issue after high school was that I wasn’t sure what I really wanted to do. After quite a few changes in my major, I graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Legal Assistance Studies and a plan to work as a paralegal until I went on to law school. After a few paralegal positions, I realized the legal field wasn’t for me. I had a love of baking that stemmed from watching my grandma make fabulous desserts and breads growing up. I realized that my hobby could actually be a career that I could love.

I was awarded a scholarship to attend culinary school and once again used the education Scecina prepared me with to graduate magna cum laude from Sullivan University with a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts. I went on to hone my skills as executive pastry chef of a local restaurant and a cake decorator at one of the top cake shops in the area.

At this point, I had gotten married to Matt Griffin, who I met at Ball State. He is an urban planner by day and an inventor by night. He developed the patented the Edge Brownie Pan, a baking pan that creates more chewy edges on brownies and other baked goods. We decided the pan was marketable and, after lots of work, started the company Baker’s Edge. We produce and sell our pans all over the world. We now have three different baking pans and accessories. Matt is the president and runs the business side of the company. I am chef and vice president and I devote most of my time to product testing, taste testing, and the development of new recipes for our product line. Our products have been featured on shows such as Martha Stewart, the "Today"  show, Oprah’s Favorite Things episode, “America’s Test Kitchen” and many magazines. Matt and I also have been on CBS' "Sunday Morning," and the local news. We even tried to get an investor on the hit show "Shark Tank."

Matt and I have three children, Gavin, 10; Greta, 8; and Gabriella, 6;  and live and run our company out of our home in Carmel.

I would like current students at Scecina to know that they may not know yet what they want to do for the rest of their lives, and that’s OK. In fact, their path might change multiple times. What they do need to realize is that Scecina has prepared them to hit the door running with whatever path they might choose. They have been given the background, education and faith to be successful.

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