HTMP NewsBites March 2019

2019 HTMP Competition Results!

The 16th Annual Florida HTMP Competition took place Sunday, March 3–Monday, March 4, 2019 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.

This two-day competition provided HTMP students a unique opportunity to demonstrate their hospitality knowledge by competing in 1) Hotel Operations Competition, which included a Night Audit and two Case Studies; 2) Hospitality Project, where students create two unique BEO’s (Banquet Event Orders) for their client; and, 3) Knowledge Bowl, a question and answer quiz bowl.

Forest Hill High School in Palm Beach won the 2019 HTMP. Their teacher is Diana Sardina. All results are below.


Forest Hill High School, Diana Sardina, Instructor


Christian Rodriguez
Emily Loomis
JoseAddly Joseph
Kevin Roche


Winter Park High School, Meg Pietkiewicz, Instructor


Ellis Fleming
Lauren Staudt
Laura Leigh Cash
Haley Champion



Osceola High School, Valerie Woodring, Instructor

Veronica King
Kate Diaz Dominguez
Gabriel Gonzalez
Lesley Guevera


Osceola High School


Orange Technical College–Mid Florida, Pat Novalis, Instructor

Milena Maldonado Hernandez
Karol Sanchez
Renata Oiveira Alves
Diana Eloissaint


Winter Park High School


Forest Hill High School


Osceola High School


Miami Sunset Senior High, Millie Perez, Instructor


Genesis Torrez
Corina Lola
Grisel Martinez
Felix Jaime


Miami Sunset Senior High


Forest Hill High School


Orange Technical College–Mid Florida

FRLAEF Pineapple Award–HTMP Teacher of the Year

The 2019 HTMP Teacher of Year is Mitchell Albert. Mr. Albert teaches at Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County. He has been teaching since 2007 and began teaching the HTMP curriculum in 2014.

Shortly after he began teaching HTMP, Mr. Albert earned his Certified Hospitality Instructor (CHI) designation and has students that have earned the HTMP Certification as well.

The FRLAEF Pineapple award is chosen by peers and students. Mr. Albert received over 50 online nominations for this award. This from one of his students: “Mr. Albert is hands down my favorite teacher. The level of empathy that he possesses makes him stand out from all others. He goes out of the way to make sure you understand the material and aren’t to overloaded with work at the same time. He is also the type of teacher to check in on his students individually and making sure they’re doing fine. Mr. Albert is just great overall.”

Congratulations to Mitchell Albert on this well-deserved win!

2019 FRLAEF Scholarship Recipients

The following HTMP students were awarded a 2019 FRLAEF Scholarship. Each scholarship recipient will receive a one-time award of $2,000 as long as they are pursuing a degree in hospitality. Congratulations to all the students!

Christopher Ceballo Santos Osceola High School
Fausto Gonzalez Forest Hill High School
JoseAddly Joseph Forest Hill Community High School
Jose Medina Forest Hill High School
Karol Sanchez Orange Technical College–Mid Florida

2019 Hospitality Excellence Recipients

The Hospitality Excellence Award is designed to give recognition to the most outstanding HTMP student from each HTMP program in Florida. Students are selected based on the teacher’s own criteria. The following HTMP students were chosen as the 2019 Hospitality Excellence students by their teachers:

Colonial High School Brittany White
Forest Hill High School JoseAddly Joseph
Miami Sunset Senior Britney Almeida
Orange Tech College-Mid FL Lissette Albino
Osceola High School Christopher Cebello Santos
Stoneman Douglas High School Lydia Moreno

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NPR Student Podcast Challenge

Do you know of any ProStart students interested in podcasting? NPR wants to hear from them with the Student Podcast Challenge! Students from around the country are invited to create a podcast with their classes, to be submitted by an educator. Submissions are due March 31, with winners announced in April. Winning submissions will be featured in segments on Morning Edition or All Things Considered.  In the meantime, know any students who currently host a podcast about their experiences in ProStart? The National Restaurant Association wants to hear about them! Send that information to

CLICK HERE for more information.

CLICK HERE for the contest rules.

CHI Scholarships Available

The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (EI) revised its Certified Hospitality Instructor (CHI) designation toCHI Profile_Page_1_Page_1 bring the study materials in line with the high school curriculum, as well as to make preparing for the certification exam more convenient and flexible for teachers.

Professional certifications have become a requirement for many secondary school teachers and workforce instructors. The Certified Hospitality Instructor (CHI) provides teachers in secondary school hospitality classes and workforce development programs with a solid foundation of hospitality knowledge and skills, so they can more effectively convey the information to students and better prepare them for careers in hospitality. Prospective CHI candidates may teach one of EI’s hospitality programs, including the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program (HTMP), Skills, Tasks, And Result Training (START), or any other secondary-level hospitality curriculum.

EI has revised the CHI learning format from a series of three on-site summer institutes to a two-level self-study program that includes print resources and online study modules presented by Michael “Doc” Terry, CHE, a hospitality instructor at the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management. Each level consists of 13 modules with an online exam that must be passed with a score of 70 percent or higher. The learning modules relate to the content presented in EI’s new, two-year high school curriculum, the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program (HTMP). Candidates must also complete a 120-hour hospitality internship to earn the certification. Certification candidates have six months to complete the program requirements. No travel is required under the new learning format.

The cost for the new certification program is $750.00, which includes both books, the online courses, and the exams.

For those teachers who have taken one or two of the old CHI levels:
• Taken CHI Level 1 only – must still complete new Level 2, exempt from Level 1.
• Taken CHI Levels 1 and 2, but not 3 – must still complete new Level 2, exempt from Level 1.
• Taken CHI Levels 2 and/or 3, but not 1 – must still complete new Level 1, exempt from Level 2.

The FRLAEF will cover the training costs for each of the CHI Scholarship recipients.


More information can also be found here.

Hospitality Industry Internships

The Hospitality Industry Internship (HII) provides the opportunity for Florida HTMP instructors to work in a lodging establishment for at least 40 hours. Once the required paperwork has been processed, the participant will receive a personal check for $600 from the FRLAEF.

To qualify for an HII, the instructor must teach the HTMP curriculum during the 2018-2019 school year. If you are already employed at a restaurant or hotel, you MAY NOT use that site for your internship. The restaurant/hotel must also be a new work experience for you, not somewhere you have worked before or used as an HII internship location.

The applicant must secure a position at a foodservice or lodging facility where a minimum of 40 hours of hands-on experience is guaranteed. The host location may pay the recipient but is not required to do so.

The FRLAEF will award 11 HII’s this school year on a first-come, first-served basis. So apply NOW! Work experience may begin once the applicant receives an award notification from the FRLAEF.

CLICK HERE to apply.