For Immediate Release
Muncie, Indiana – More than 850 Indiana ProStart and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni, and guests from around Indiana gathered at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie, Indiana, March 9-11 for the 2017 Indiana ProStart Invitational and FCCLA State Leadership Conference. Indiana FCCLA is a career and technical student organization that provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation for students in Family and Consumer Sciences education. ProStart is a nationwide program that unites the classroom and industry to develop the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice leaders.
More than 500 students from 63 schools participated in competitive events related to Family and Consumer Sciences. Events focus on three programmatic areas in Family and Consumer Sciences: foundational, leadership development, and career preparation. Events include job interview, advocacy, teach and train, fashion design, hospitality, community service, and so much more. Students receiving a 1st place or 2nd place finish in each event have the opportunity to represent Indiana at the National FCCLA Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. National qualifiers are listed at www.infccla.org
150 students on 28 teams from 16 schools competed in the Indiana ProStart/FCCLA Culinary and Management competitions on Friday, March 10. During the culinary competition, students are tasked with following the rigorous guidelines from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Rules. These students are judged on their safety and sanitation skills, knife skills, creation and preparation of three dishes, along with menu costing, presentation, and display. Students in the ProStart Management Competition complete a business plan for a restaurant concept and are judged on their portfolio, visual display and concept, verbal presentation, and ability to answer critical thinking questions. Students earn various awards for each of the mentioned categories along with the top three places.
Indiana’s ProStart and FCCLA Culinary Award Winners are as follows:
1st Place: Area 30 Career Center
2nd Place: Carroll Ft. Wayne
3rd Place: East Central High School
Indiana’s ProStart Management Winners are as follows:
1st Place: Carroll Ft. Wayne
2nd Place: C4 Columbus Area Career Connection
3rd Place: Prosser Career Center
Students earning 1st place in the Management competition will represent Indiana at the National ProStart Invitational. Students earning 1st place in the Culinary Competition will represent Indiana at two different national events: The National ProStart Invitational and the FCCLA National Leadership Conference.
Additionally, several outstanding educators, advisers, and mentors were recognized for their involvement with Indiana FCCLA and Indiana ProStart.
FCCLA Spirit of Advising Award
Barbara Torrey, Franklin Community High School
FCCLA Adviser Mentor Award
Alissa Roberts, Columbia City High School
Indiana ProStart Educator of Excellence Award
Brad Nehrt, J. Everett Light Career Center