ProStart NewsBites March 2019

19th Annual ProStart Competition Results!

The 19th Annual ProStart Culinary Team Competitions took place Friday, March 1 — Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. Fifty-seven ProStart schools competed in four competitions over two days. Results are below:


 1st Place – East Ridge High School

Instructors:         Ken Pitts and Christopher Dwyer

 2nd Place – Hialeah Gardens High School

Instructor:         James Bryant

3rd Place – Leto High School

Instructor:        Debra Hladky

4th Place – Lake Minneola High School

Instructors:       Nick Sandora, Lance Bowles

5th Place – Tarpon Springs High School

Instructors:         Cathleen Ryan, Tony DiVincenzo, Vincenzo Pesce


Johnson & Wales University Culinary Competition

1st Place – Leto High School

Instructor:        Debra Hladky

Students:          Kerelyn Driver,

Victoria Clawson

Anthony Nunez

Lia Thompson

Sterling Frazier

2nd Place – Hialeah Gardens High School

Instructor:         James Bryant

Students:          Melanie Trejo

Claudia More

Jennifer Costa

Evelyn Lazo

Jenneily Montes

3th Place – East Ridge High School

Instructors:         Ken Pitts, Chris Dwyer

Students:          Dakota Ederer

Hunter Hoskins

Alexander Cleary

Ysabel Maseda

Dylan Morales

4th Place –Northeast High School

Instructor:         John Beck and Curtis Serata

Student:           Mitchell McDermott

Dimitri Singh

Sarah Gruber

Tim Shedina

Caitlyn Guidice

5th Place – John A. Ferguson High School

            Instructors:       Janett Toledo, Jorge Garcia and Jebel Cordoba

Students:          Heidy Chaparro

Giselle Sanchez

Alejandra Garcia

Edwin Colina

Carolina Bejarano

Rosen College at UCF Management Competition

1st Place – East Ridge High School

Instructor:         Ken Pitts and Christopher Dwyer

Students:          Evangeline Marshall

Faith Marshall

Amanda De Turo

Cole Hilton         

2nd Place – Lake Minneola High School

Instructor:        Nick Sandora and Lance Bowles

Students:          Abbigayle Diamal

Bianca Bundy

Brianna Chicas

3rd Place – Fort Pierce Central High School      

Instructors:        Jesse Strell, Cindy Swertfager

Students:          Sarahi Fraga

McClintock Hoeffner

Hope Thomas

Luz Martinez

4th Place – Strawberry Crest High School

Instructor:        Paul Bonanno

Students:          Madison Sloan

Rachel Bartlett

Jada Broadnax

Janet Gonzalez

Diamon Brown

5th Place – Eastside High School

Instructor:         Pam Bedford and Richard Vaughan

Students:          Jada Roberts

Dylan Shea

Keiser University Edible Centerpiece

1st Place – Tarpon Springs High School

Instructors:         Cathleen Ryan, Tony DiVencenzo, Vincenzo Pesce

Student:           Nicole Alexiou 

2nd Place – Eustis High School

Instructor:         Nicole Austin

Student:           Alexandra Fales

3rd Place – Leon High School         

Instructors:       Christine Beam and Karen Stribling

Students:          Taylah Tolliver 

4th Place – South Lake High School           

Instructor:        Candy Huxhold and John Thunberg

Student:            Sara Guevara 

5th Place – East Ridge High School

Instructor:         Ken Pitts and Christopher Dwyer

Students:          Leah Filmer

Waiters Relay

1st Place – East Ridge High School

Instructor:         Ken Pitts and Christopher Dwyer

Students:          Maxwell Allman

Tyler Dobereiner

Josh Cerna

2nd Place – Hialeah Gardens High School

Instructor:         James Bryant

Students:          Danaisy Abascal

Kenneth Florencio

Ailani Ortega 

3rd Place – JP Taravella High School

           Instructors:       Scott Goodman

Students:          Micahel Liu

Ryan McGuire

Yessenina King

4th Place – Dixie Hollins High School

Instructors:        Christy Rabich, Tara Bishop

Students:          Bobby Denovo

Aaliyah Jackson

Carly Lewis

5th Place – Leon High School

            Instructors:       Christine Beam and Karen Stribling

Students:          A’Nyiah Cobb

Javonta Anderson

Morgan Richardson

NRAEF Scholarships–Application Closes March 15!

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships each year. Their application closes March 15, so forward this link to your students now.

CLICK HERE for more information and to apply.

ProStart Teacher Training–Registration Begins NOW!

The 23rd Annual ProStart Teacher Training Institute will take place in June 16-21, 2019. The week-long training providesTTI 2016 background WHITE-min-1 Florida ProStart instructors with the knowledge necessary to teach the ProStart curriculum. Each day’s learning is built around topics covered in the ProStart curriculum.

TTI is divided into four years of participation.

FIRST YEAR ATTENDEES focus on the Foodservice Industry, Culinary Techniques and Methodology, Food and Workplace Safety as well as Stocks, Sauces and Soups.
SECOND YEAR ATTENDEES take an in-depth look at Nutrition, Culinary Technique and Methodology, Customer Service, Food Procurement along with Meat, Poultry, and Seafood Fabrication
THIRD YEAR ATTENDEES continue their ProStart Teacher Training experience in Marketing, Cost Control, Desserts, Baked Goods, Global Cuisines and Ingredients with a strong emphasis on the art and craft of teaching in a culinary setting.
FOURTH YEAR ATTENDEES rotate every other year between Nutrition and Baking & Pastry. The 2019 Year Four curriculum will be NUTRITION.


All classes will be held at Johnson & Wales University (JWU) North Miami campus, 1701 NE 127th Street, North Miami, Florida, 33181.


The FRLAEF will cover the cost of all Florida ProStart instructors who will be teaching the ProStart curriculum during the 2019-2020 school year. Attendees will be responsible for their travel and some meals.


CLICK HERE to register. Registration deadline is May 3, 2019.

2019 ProStart Teacher of the Year

The ProStart Teacher of the Year is Ashley Kurth from Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County.

Ashley Kurth has been the ProStart instructor at Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County for 11 years.  Stoneman Douglas has been a Premier ProStart school since the 2016-2017 school year. Throughout the years she has worked to present innovative ways of learning with the enthusiasm needed to keep students on task and achieving their goals.  She has worked to place students in jobs, administered the ProStart exam and assisted students in earning their ProStart COA.  After last year’s tragedy, Mrs. Kurth had to be creative in developing strategies to refocus students on their school work while creating a flexible environment for them to learn.

Ashley is shown here, center, Laura Rumer, left, Bruce Ozga, JWU, right.

2019 Hospitality Excellence Awardees

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

Bartow High School         Jaclyn Macknosky

Bayside High School        Michele Gibson

Bowers/Whitley Career Ctr          Mesha Bludsaw

Columbia High School     Carla Nater Aponte

Coral Springs High School             Raven Fowler

DeLand High School        Alex Clark

Dixie M Hollins High School          Caitlin Keovongsa

Dunnellon High School   Alex Amador

Durant High School          Natalia Collazo

East Ridge High School   Evangeline Marshall

Estero High School           Luke Bogacz

Eustis High School            Alexandra Fales

Fort Pierce Central High School  Luz Martinez

Frank H Peterson Academies      Desire’ Whitfield

Freedom High School     Barbara Lombardi

Hamilton County High    Hunter Hatch

Hardee Senior High          Logan Albritton

Hialeah Gardens Senior High       Danaisy Abascal

Hialeah High School        Jaida Robinson

Holmes County High School         Jason Evans

Inlet Grove High School Britney Campbell

John A Ferguson Senior Heidy Chaparro

JP Taravella High School Jahzbele Ovalle

Lake Minneola High School          Kendall Miller

Leto High School               Kerelyn Driver

Marathon High School   Rachel Lebo

Martin County High School          Elvin Juan

North Miami Senior High               Soline Lamarre

Northeast High School   Sarah Gruber

Osceola Fundamental High           Brooke Potters

Plantation High School   Tsaiace Edwards

Port St Lucie High School               Blanca Compton

Riveroak Technical College           Allan Thomas

Sebring High School        Chadd Borecky

Seminole High School     Jada St Rose

South Lake High School  Sara Guevara

Spruce Creek High School             Norma Lagger

St Lucie West Centennial              Katrina Dearman

Stoneman Douglas High School  John Virtue

Strawberry Crest High School      Janet Gonzalez

Tarpon Springs High School          Alexandra Taylor

Wekiva High School         Clay Reeves

Winter Park High School                Elonie Torres

Winter Springs High School          Garrison Rice

2019 FRLAEF Scholarships

The FRLAEF awarded $92,000 in scholarships during the Salute to Excellence Awards dinner on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. Congratulations to the following students who earned a scholarship:

Jade Bates           Tarpon Springs High School

Shannoy Blake   Coral Springs High School

Mesha  Bludsaw     Bowers/Whitley Career Center

Ashton Boatman    Tarpon Springs High school

Mark Bower       Eastside High School

Josh Bradley       Tarpon Springs High School

Ashlyn  Cain       Booker T Washington High

Tatyana Castillo  Martin County Highschool

Heidy Chapparo John A Ferguson Senior High

Keyshawn Cole Stoneman Douglas High School

Aliza Cortes        Winter Springs High School

Leah Davis           Tarpon Springs High School

Victoria Dowell  Coral Springs High School

Joeandy Flores  Bowers/Whitley Career Center

Raven Fowler     Coral Springs High school

Sarah Gruber     Northeast High School

Sara Guevara     South Lake High School

Mikayla Heath   Golden Gate High School

Wesley Hill          Eastside High School

Faith Johnson    South Lake High School

Elvin Juan            Martin County High School

Caitlin   Keovongsa          Dixie Hollins High School

Norma  Lagger   Spruce Creek High School

Trinity   Leach    Tarpon Springs High School

Evangeline Marshall        East Ridge High School

Luz Martinez      Fort Pierce Central High School

Nicholas McDaniel           Lake Wales High School

Kiana Noe           Coral Springs High School

Jahzbele Ovalle     JP Taravella High School

Hailey Pacyna    Coral Shores High School

Otices Patterson              Coral Springs High School

Nataly   Perez-Cruz          Coral Springs High School

Joshua  Prosper        Bayside High School

Shelby  Reeder    South Plantation High School

Garrison Rice      Winter Springs High School

Winda   Saintil    Atlantic Tech High School

Chloe    Schopmeyer      Tarpon Springs High School

Arianna Skiadas      Tarpon Springs High School

Alexandria Taylor             Tarpon Springs High School

Yolanda Walker         Bowers/Whitley Career Center

Allison   Walker  Lake Wales High School

Floor Plans and Pictures Needed

A few Florida ProStart schools are in the process of remodeling their facilities. If you have recently remodeled, please let us know if you are willing to share your floor plans and/or pictures of your school kitchen.

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.

Project Taste Test

The National Restaurant Association Foundation, in partnership with PepsiCo Foodservice, is proud to share the seventh Project Taste Test “Servin’ Up Successful Careers” video. Project Taste Test is produced exclusively for ProStart classrooms to give students advice from the best in the business and to showcase the limitless opportunities in restaurants, foodservice, and hospitality. This year’s Project Taste Test video features an exclusive interview with Stephen Joyce, CEO of Dine Brands Global; Darren Rebelez, President of IHOP; and John Cywinski, President of Applebee’s. They are interviewed by Sidney Reed, a ProStart alum from California who is now attending Cal Poly Ponoma to pursue a career in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

Show this video to your students and they can complete the interactive classroom worksheet. The worksheet includes a short project where students can use social media to build out their own marketing campaign. Click here to watch PepsiCo’s Project Taste Test video. Educators can access the interactive classroom activity by logging in to educator hub.

Information about CAPE, SafeStaff and More

  • SafeStaff is a performance measure for Perkins funds.  Please turn in your SafeStaff results to the same person you turn in your ServSafe results.
  • is the host sight for MyCareerShines.  This website exist to help students earn a college degree and find a bright career.  They work closely with Florida’s 40 colleges and universities.  Students can check their transcripts, explore libraries and track their success.  There are student log in options as well as parent log in options.
  • Don’t forget  They have practice exams for ProStart and ServSafe.  The exams are broken down into three optioins:  15 questions (Sampler), 80 questions (Entrée) or 45 questions (Dessert).

ProStart Scantron Update

The 1st edition of Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts distributed by Pearson is going out of print. Pearson is no longer selling the printed answer sheets and online exam vouchers.  However, the National Restaurant Association will continue processing the answer sheets.  You may reach them by email at or call 800-848-9500 prior to that date. However, as of January 1, 2019, you may purchase these 1st edition exam items directly from the National Restaurant Association. Please contact your Foundations rep or email for 2019 orders or to learn more about the new 2nd Edition of FRMCA.

Culinary 1-3 Progression

Pinellas County Schools shared their Culinary 1 – 3 progression chart.  This chart was created to visually show the progression of learning throughout the frameworks.  This chart is a work in progress and is reviewed yearly.  CLICK HERE to view it.

ProStart ExamView Help

NRA Solutions team worked with Turning Technologies to host a ExamView webinar recording via the developer’s ftp site. The recording is not as intuitive or elegant as we would like it to be, but I believe it can still help teachers learn the ropes.

ExamView Webinar Recording

username: NRA

password: Food21617

**Recording is in the root of the folder**

The recorded webinar covers:

  • Installation/downloading
  • Managing multiple editions/test banks
  • Creating a course in Manager and giving the test over Player on the LAN
  • Entering Grades into Manager
  • Creating Exams
  • Pulling student data from test manager- for individuals/class to see trends
  • Add/modify questions

Creating a Test

NRA Solutions can also do 1:1 support for any of your teachers interested in the 2nd edition or currently using ExamView, just let us know and we will connect you to them.

Three Culinary Positions Open

Marion County   Forest High School in Marion County is in need of a culinary teacher. For more information CLICK HERE and then look for the Careers tab at the top right corner to apply.

Citrus County  Citrus High School in Citrus County is in need of a culinary teacher. CLICK HERE then scroll down to “Teacher Culinary Arts” for more information and to apply.

Lecanto High School in Citrus County is in need of a culinary teacher. CLICK HERE for the application.

Hospitality Industry Internships

The Hospitality Industry Internship (HII) provides the opportunity for Florida ProStart & HTMP instructors to work in a foodservice/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 ProStart/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.

ACF Scholarship Opportunities

ACF Scholarship Applications for  CIA

Complimentary Foodsafety Materials

Each Premier and Full ProStart program is eligible for free ServSafe or SafeStaff materials.  To ensure you get the materials you need, you must notify us of your needs.  Once we receive your ProStart Classification paperwork, you can order up to $350 of ServSafe/SafeStaff materials. Click here for the price list. Email Amy Parker to place your order–you do not need to fill out the form. Requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

NRAEF has finally made the 7th edition Instructor tools available! The Instructor USB is $200 if you are interested. It is listed on the price sheet.

Complimentary ProStart Scantrons

The FRLAEF will distribute over $25,000 worth of free ProStart Exam Scantrons to Premier and Full ProStart schools during the 2018-2019 school year. Once a school has turned in their ProStart Classification paperwork, email Amy Parker to let her know how many ProStart Exam Scantrons you need. Requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.