Lewis and Clark High School Restaurant Management Students Win Third Place at Boyd Coffee ProStart Invitational


Contact: Heather Donahoe
Public Relations Coordinator

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Restaurant Association Education Foundation announced today that the students from Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane earned third place honors in the restaurant management competition at the tenth annual Boyd Coffee ProStart Invitational on Saturday, March 6, at South Seattle Community College.

Lewis and Clark’s four-student management team earned the award by developing an original restaurant concept and design and presenting their plan to a panel of hospitality industry judges. Lewis and Clark’s restaurant management team consists of students Madison Martin, Theresa Guerrero, Colten Stocker, Scott Wortley and alternate Caitlin Mathis.

Lewis and Clark’s ProStart class is led by teacher Karen Mahan.

The annual Invitational gives students a chance to showcase their talents in cooking, knife skills and restaurant management proficiency in front of judges who hold prominent positions in the culinary world.

“Being able to watch these students at the beginning of their careers is pretty fascinating,” said Anthony Anton, president and CEO of the WRA, at Saturday’s event. “It’s amazing to think that one of the next culinary geniuses of our time may have competed in this competition.”

Another Spokane winner from Saturday’s event was Dorene Brown from Rogers High School, who was named Washington’s ProStart Teach of the Year.

Saturday’s Invitational allowed teams from 22 high schools in Washington to compete for more than $270,000 in scholarships offered by the New England Culinary Institute, Le Cordon Bleu, Oregon Culinary Institute, Johnson and Wales and The Culinary Institute of America.

Oak Harbor High School in Oak Harbor and Stadium High School in Tacoma won first and second place respectively in the restaurant management competition.

The Boyd Coffee ProStart Invitational is part of a two-year program aimed at helping high school students launch successful careers in one of Washington’s leading industries. The ProStart program, which was created by the National Restaurant Association, is managed locally by the WRA Education Foundation in partnership with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The program is taught in more than 50 schools across the state.

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