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Local Culinary Graduates Earn Scholarships

Graduated Sheboygan Area School District high school culinary students were awarded scholarships at the Wisconsin Education Association's Celebration of Excellence. The students were honored and given recognition for the many scholarships that they earned during the past few months.

The scholarships have been applied to the students' tuition and expenses as they all begin their post-secondary education.

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Tommy Cannon

Felton "Tommy" Cannon of Sheboygan South High School earned $3,250 and was recognized as a National ProStart Certificate of Achievement winner. He is attending Johnson and Wales University, North Miami Campus.

Sheboygan South graduate Anthony Gierke received $2,000 and attends Moraine Park Technical College; Cassandra Sargent earned $2,000 and attends Le Cordon Bleu in Mendota Heights, Minn.

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Aaron Berg

Sheboygan North graduate Aaron Berg received $5,250 and attends Milwaukee Area Technical College, Culinary Arts. He was also recognized as a National ProStart Certificate of Achievement winner.

Erin Molzner, Sheboygan North, earned $3,250 and attends University of Wisconsin-Stout, Food Science and Technology.

Brittany Ramos, Sheboygan North, earned $4,000 and attends Roosevelt University, Hospitality Management and Food Service.

The Celebration of Excellence program is designed to celebrate the vibrant young talent entering the food service profession and honoring distinguished members of the industry for their passionate commitment and dedication to education.

Chef Paul Smitala of Blackwolf Run, who serves as a mentor to many students from Sheboygan North and South High Schools, was named Chef of the Year.

Some of the organizations who contributed to the scholarships include WRAEF (Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation), NRAEF (National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation), National ProStart® Certificate of Achievement, American Institute of Food & Wine Scholarship, Ecolab, Inc., Manufacturers' Agents for the Food Service Industry Scholarship and Miller Brewing Company.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
October 30, 2008