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Culinary arts students, teacher cook up success on national stage

Maize Career Academy Culinary Arts standouts Congratulations to the OneMa1ze culinary arts program! Students were state champions at the 2019 Kansas ProStart Invitational March 6 in Wichita and advanced to compete in May at the National ProStart Invitational in Washington, D.C. They also won scholarships for various places as a result. Teacher Cara Poole was honored there as the Kansas ProStart Educator of Excellence.
 
The ProStart program at the Maize Career Academy connects students to the hospitality industry, through opportunities to meet and work with industry members, scholarships, and mentorships.  
 
For competition, students worked in teams to create a menu and had 60 minutes and two butane burners to make all of the dishes. Teams were judged on safety and sanitation, teamwork, skill level, taste, and appearance. Dishes were presented to members of the restaurant industry, and cost sheets and menus also were judged. Management teams created a business concept, including everything from menu to pricing to advertising, then presented all aspects of their concept to a panel of industry judges. 
 
Pictured: Maize Board of Education President Dr. Jeff Jarman and his fellow members on June 3 recognized Mrs. Poole and state champions, from left, Maize High School incoming seniors Madison Beemiller and Olivia Bishop and Maize South High School graduate Courtney Downs. Not pictured: Maize High School incoming seniors Michaela Birkholz and Cassie Onwugbufor, Maize High School graduate Caitlin Gooding, and Maize South High Schoolgraduate Alex Palmer.