LANSING, Mich., May 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Michigan Restaurant Association (MRA) is pleased to announce Saginaw Career Complex has taken first place at the National ProStart Invitational in Charleston, S.C. The team, consisting of Isabella Dean, Shanttel Gonsalves, KaTonya Jenkins and Noemi Perez, won more than $10,000 in scholarships from the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and Coca-Cola®. In addition, the winners have more than $100,000 in college and university-specific scholarships available to them, should they choose to attend any of the sponsoring schools.
The team from Saginaw previously won the Restaurant Management category at the 16th Annual Michigan ProStart Competition this past March where they competed against hundreds of students from more than 60 high schools and technical centers. Their winning plan, called "Bowl of Hope," is a casual dining, non-profit restaurant concept that pays it forward to charities.
"This is a tremendous victory for these young ladies and for their program director, Julie Ivan," said Justin Winslow, President and CEO of the MRA. "I'm inspired by their achievement, and I'm proud to say the best-of-the-best comes from the great state of Michigan."
The National ProStart Invitational is the country's premier competition for high school students who are studying culinary arts and restaurant management. Each year, the top 400 ProStart students put their knowledge and skills to the test in front of industry leaders, National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF) Trustees, state restaurant association executives, and top post-secondary schools.
"Persistence pays off for our Saginaw Career Complex team," said Ken Wasco, MRA ESF Chairman. "The Educational Support Foundation of Michigan is proud of the incredible effort displayed by the faculty and students in winning this award."
ProStart is a nationwide, two-year high school program that unites the classroom and industry to develop the best and brightest talent into tomorrow's restaurant and foodservice leaders. In Michigan, 68 high schools and career centers use the ProStart curriculum with 5,000 students participating.
About Michigan Restaurant Association
Michigan Restaurant Association (MRA) is the leading advocate for Michigan's hospitality industry, providing essential services to the foodservice community. Founded in 1921, the MRA represents nearly 4,500 Michigan foodservice establishments. The industry plays an integral role in Michigan's economy, employing more than 435,000 people and creating $15.9 billion in annual sales.
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SOURCE Michigan Restaurant Association