STOW: The Culinary Arts and Catering Program at Stow-Munroe Falls High School (SMFHS), along with the Six District Educational Compact, is pleased to announce several culinary students have earned the esteemed ProStart Certification by the National Restaurant Association. As many patrons to Joshua’s Restaurant at SMFHS can attest, the culinary profession will soon gain highly skilled, young talented professionals as a result of the hard work of the students and staff involved in the college tech prep program.
Seniors Tony Guy (SMFHS), Shakera Spivey (SMFHS), Mark Bujorian (SMFHS), Hannah Gibson of Tallmadge, Allison Hainer of Cuyahoga Falls, Amanda Ward of Kent and Ryan Parker of Cuyahoga Falls are now certified through the National Restaurant Association ProStart program.
“We are very proud of our students for their outstanding achievements,” said SMFHS Culinary Instructor Tami Garro. “This is the first time in the history of the program that our students have earned this highly respected designation. Through the leadership of Chef Shelley Giangaspero, our students are prepared to move forward with their future culinary endeavors. Through their hard work and dedication, many of our students have earned scholarships at local and national universities and colleges. It’s been a pleasure to watch them grow as students and as individuals.”
Certification requires 400 hours of work experience—200 paid hours of culinary work experience and 200 hours of non paid culinary work experience. Students must also obtain a minimum of 52 (out of 75) competencies listed by the National Restaurant Association.
Allison Hainer, was awarded a ProStart Scholarship, and Shakera Spivey will receive a Presidential Academic Scholarship. Hainer will be honored during the Ohio Restaurant Association Celebration of Stars evening in Columbus on May 16; Spivey will be honored at the Senior Recognition Ceremony on May 22 at SMFHS.
Allison Hainer plans to attend Cuyahoga Community College where she will study culinary arts. She is ServSafe certified and ProStart certified. She currently carries a 4.0 GPA and was awarded a ProStart Scholarship.
Ryan Parker plans to attend the University of Akron and study culinary arts. He is ServSafe Certified and
ProStart Certified. He carries a 3.8 GPA.
Shakera Spivey plans to attend Johnson and Wales University where she will pursue a degree in culinary arts. She is a recipient of the Johnson & Wales Grant and earned a Presidential Academic Scholarship. She is
ServSafe Certified and ProStart Certified. She holds a 3.7 GPA.
Hannah Gibson plans to attend the University of Akron where she will study Culinary Arts. She is ServSafe Certified and ProStart Certified.
Tony Guy plans to join the U.S. Marine Corp. where he will serve as a military chef. He is ServSafe Certified and ProStart Certified.
Amanda Ward plans to pursue a culinary arts degree with a focus in bakery and pastry at Cuyahoga Community College. She is ServSafe Certified and ProStart Certified.
Mark Bujorian plans to pursue his post-secondary education at Kent State University where he will study restaurant and hospitality management. He is ServSafe Certified and ProStart Certified.
To learn more about programs offered through the Six-District Educational Compact, visit www.sixdistrict.com.