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May 15, 2013

Lt. Governor Congratulates National ProStart Invitational Winners at Badger High School in Lake Geneva

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Representative Tyler August made a special visit to Badger High School in Lake Geneva on Tuesday, May 14th to congratulate three Badger High School students on winning the national ProStart Invitational Management Competition.

The team from Badger High School in Lake Geneva won first place in the 12th Annual National ProStart® Invitational Management Competition held in Baltimore, Maryland, April 19-21, 2013. The ProStart Invitational is a high school culinary and foodservice management competition presented by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

The Lt. Governor and Representative August met with the students and their instructor at the school and also took a brief tour of the food labs and ag science vertical farming facilities.

The winning student team members are: Victoria Bouras, Tyler Lininger and Mason Fellmeth. Their instructor is Russ Tronsen. The team received mentoring from professionals including Marie Collins from Lake Geneva Schools, David Ross from Lakelawn Resort and Brandon Ross from Lakelawn Resort.

In the management competition, teams developed a proposal for the next hot restaurant concept and presented it to a panel of industry judges. Their ability to think on their feet was tested as they answered questions on challenges that managers face on a daily basis. The restaurant concept presented by the team was “Pasta Piatto,” an Italian quick casual restaurant. 43 states and territories competed in the national competition.

The ProStart program, administered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and state restaurant associations, is a two-year curriculum designed to teach high school students the skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry.  Students also have the opportunity to participate in paid internships where industry managers mentor them.  When students meet academic standards, complete a checklist of competencies, and participate in at least 400 hours of a mentored work experience, they are awarded the ProStart National Certificate of Achievement that signifies they are well qualified to enter the industry workforce.

Wisconsin was one of the first states in the county to pilot and implement a ProStart program.

To learn more about the NRAEF or ProStart program, please visit www.nraef.org/prostart. For more information on the Wisconsin ProStart program, call Alex Newman at (800) 589-3211 or visit http://wirestaurant.org/ef/prostart/index.php.

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Since 1933, the Wisconsin Restaurant Association has been dedicated to the promotion, protection and improvement of the foodservice industry. The Wisconsin Restaurant Education Foundation’s mission is to promote food service as a professional career path; attract and educate future industry leaders; and provide quality training for those already working in the industry.

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