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Anatol Rodgers High School Wins HTMP International Competition

kids with awardOrlando, Florida, April 2015—High school hospitality students from Anatol Rodgers High School in the Bahamas took home the international title at the 12th annual American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI)HTMP International Competition held April 23-25 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. Teams of students competed for scholarship money and a trip to the International Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Show in New York City this November. Anatol Rodgers High School is the first international team to win the competition.

The competition challenged student teams to display their hospitality knowledge and skills through a variety of events including a night audit, room inspection, banquet planning, case studies, and knowledge bowl quiz. Eleven teams participated in this year’s competition, representing schools in the Bahamas, California, Florida, Guam, Idaho, New Hampshire, Texas, Washington, D.C., and Wyoming.

Here is an overview of the winners of this year’s HTMP International Competition:

Overall Winners:

First place: Anatol Rodgers High School, Bahamas. Team members: Ameera Poitier, Dezaraye Dean, Jeanie Farris, Vernajh Pinder. Instructor: Janelle Cambridge-Johnson. (Pictured above)

Second place: Okkodo High School, Guam. Team members: Odeth Ignacio, Alyssa Rasalan, Zane Matias, Katrina Mae Tahimik. Instructor: Evon Wong.

Third place: White Mountains Regional High School-Mountain View Academy, New Hampshire. Spencer Nast, Taylor Hill, Megan Sheltry, Wyatt Dodier, Madyson Hopps. Instructor: Morgan Parker-Grima.

Individual event winners were:

Knowledge Bowl: Anatol Rodgers High School, Bahamas (first); Okkodo High School, Guam (second); Monta Vista High School, California (third); Mid Florida Tech, Florida (fourth).

Hotel Operations: White Mountains Regional High School-Mountain View Academy, New Hampshire (first); Anatol Rodgers High School, Bahamas (second); Miami Beach Senior High School, Florida (third). Pictured below

Hospitality Project: Okkodo High School, Guam (first); Mid-Florida Tech, Florida (second) Pictured below; White Mountains Regional High School-Mountain View Academy (third); Miami Beach Senior High School, Florida (fourth).

Participants at the HTMP competition got a first glance at the beta version of a new 3D virtual hotel simulation AHLEI is working on. The simulation is played from the standpoint of a hotel general manager.  Learners are challenged to solve problems related to guest satisfaction, safety, security, and business operations. Students and teachers were positive about the new product, with learners enjoying the 3D immersive environment and the feedback they received throughout the game.

Winning teams were awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships provided by leading hospitality management schools, including the Culinary Institute of America, Florida International University, Johnson & Wales University, Newbury College, San Diego State University, Sullivan University, and University of Maryland Eastern Shore as well as AH&LEF.


Miami Beach Senior High with Representatives from Loews, HCareers and AHLEI


Mid Florida Tech with Representatives from Loews, HCareers and AHLEI

FRLAEF Scholarship Recipients Profile

The FRLAEF awarded 22 scholarships this year to students pursuing degrees in Culinary Arts and Hospitality. We are featuring a couple of these students this month.

SUSAN CARBONESUSAN CARBONE, Forest Hill Community High School, Palm Beach County

Susan will attend Valencia Community College and major in Hospitality and Marketing. Below are some extracts from her FRLAEF  scholarship application essay.

Since my sophomore year of high school, I have been taking courses based on hospitality and tourism. I began working my first job during my sophomore year of high school a local bowling alley, Jupiter Lanes. I obtained the job title party hostess, which is a fancy name for a server. I’ve been employed there from September, 2012 to present. Also in June, 2013 I was hired by Cracker Barrel as a hostess. Since then I’ve been employed by both places and juggled high school with nearly straight A’s. I am so grateful for being exposed to the “people pleasing” business, because it has allowed me to realize that I want to pursue a career in the hospitality business. As a young adult, I am beginning to grasp the concept that life passes rather quickly; with that being said my main future goal is to live a happy life. Therefore, I want to do things that are going to make me happy, such as graduating college, pursuing my dream career, which is destination marketing, and maybe eventually opening my own business.

Forest Hill Community High School, Palm Beach County

Anne will attend Palm Beach State College majoring in Hospitality & Tourism. Extracts from her FRLAEF scholarship essay are below.

Forest Hill High school has allowed me to accumulate a wide variety of knowledge. With the help of our community, we have had many opportunities to explore many hotels, restaurants as well as colleges and universities. For my work experience, I pursued a summer internship as a requirement for the Hospitality and Tourism management program. The Delray Beach Marriott offered me this amazing opportunity for my internship. I was in three different departments which were food and beverage, front desk and housekeeping. Within all of those experiences, I learned a lot about what a great industry that Hospitality and Tourism really is. The opportunity then led me to receiving a job at the Delray Beach Marriott as a front Desk Agent. I wouldn’t imagine my life without this amazing opportunity in such a friendly environment. As a result of being an employee in the Hospitality industry, my experiences led me to the conclusion that you never know what you will open the doors to which makes it such a great industry with such diverse cultures and traditions. In the near future I plan to join the Manager in Training program with Ocean Properties. I then hope to be graduate from college with a master’s degree and be in training to be a General Manager of a hotel.

FRLAEF Scholarships Awards

The FRLAEF awarded 22 scholarships during the Salute to Excellence Awards dinner on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. Each FRLAEF scholarship recipient will receive $2,000 to pursue a degree in culinary or hospitality. Scholarship recipients must return required documentation to the FRLAEF no later than June 19, 2015 in order to claim their scholarship. Details were provided in the scholarship award email, but contact us with any questions

Pearson Update

As some of you may know, the majority of Pearson’s CTE sales team is no longer with the company.  We have received the following interim information from our Pearson team as to how to purchase HTMP materials..

  • Pearson is currently finalizing a revised territory mapping of sales specialists that will be selling the HTMP product.  Presently, we do not have a delivery date of that information, but will share it as it comes available.
  • In the interim, you can:
  • Continue to place orders through
  • Priority needs from any of you can be directed to the Pearson sales leader–Richard  or 781-879-6638

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