Ten students from the Culinary Arts program at Penta Career Center earned top awards at the 15th Annual Ohio ProStart Invitational on Feb. 19 in Columbus. First place in Ohio for the Management Team contest were Penta students Ashley Madaras (Perrysburg), Abbey Goupill (Woodmore) and Brooke Pennell (Woodmore). They qualify for the National ProStart Invitational that takes place in April in Charleston, South Carolina.
Second place in Ohio for the Culinary Team contest were Penta students: Carlie Lashuay (Eastwood), Paige Sindeldecker (Oak Harbor), Ryan Pierce (Perrysburg), Alexis Abdo (Lake), and Megan Flory (Swanton). Second Place in Ohio for the Burger Battle contest were Penta students: Gabi Ryan (Springfield) and Nina Smith (Perrysburg). Other awards presented to Penta students included the Top Knife Skills award to Ryan Pierce and the Top Culinarian award to Carlie Lashuay.
As a result of their top awards, the Penta students earned scholarships from seven different culinary schools that total over $400,000. In addition, the Burger Battle team earned $400 cash for their second place award.
ProStart is a two-year curriculum for high school students developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. By integrating classroom learning with real world job experiences, ProStart helps students learn important skills including customer service, leadership, teamwork, and responsibility.