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South Caldwell Culinary Team wins NC Prostart competition

LENOIR, NC (March 22, 2017)…While cooking in the heat of competition, the South Caldwell High School ProStart Culinary team placed first at the 2017 North Carolina ProStart Invitational held over the weekend in Morrisville.

“This win is a tremendous accomplishment for our students,” said Dona Rudicil, Family and Consumer Science teacher. “This competition is composed of creating a three-course meal on two butane burners in an hour. The students were amazing under pressure and showed humility and respect throughout the competition.”

In photo from left to right – Front: Ben Byerly, Kailee Spake, Aaron Lambert. Back: Dona Rudicil, Family and Consumer Science teacher; Landon Powell, and Brandon Milam

The North Carolina ProStart invitational is a two-day secondary school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts. The culinary competition highlights each team’s creative cooking abilities without access to running water or electricity, and there is no room for error as they are evaluated on taste, skill, teamwork, safety and sanitation.

South Caldwell culinary team members included Ben Byerly, Aaron Lambert, Kailee Spake, Landon Powell, and Brandon Milam. Each student was awarded approximately $20,000 in scholarships and a Mercer chef’s knife. As state winners, the team will move to the national level of competition next month in Charleston, South Carolina. Golden Corral will be the corporate sponsor for the South Caldwell (Team NC) providing transportation, lodging, uniforms, and products.

“Our student competitors put their skills to the test in front of industry leaders,” said South Caldwell principal Chad Smith, “and they give it their all, winning the championship trophy that they that can wave in the air now and a coveted scholarship that they will fully appreciate in the near future.”

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The Caldwell County School System is a nationally accredited public school district enrolling nearly 12,000 students in grades PreK-12. It is the largest employer in Caldwell County, employing 1,855 educators and non-certified staff. The district includes six high schools - three traditional high schools, an alternative school, and two innovative high schools located on the community college campus. With 11 elementary schools for students in grades K-5, four middle schools serving grades 6-8, and four K-8 schools in the scenic areas of Caldwell County, it is the largest provider of educational services in Caldwell County. Additionally, the district operates the Patterson Science Center, a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) center for grades K-12 that features an outdoor classroom environment of 1,400 acres. The school district also offers preschool classes at nine elementary schools; a summer program for pre-kindergarten students; and a 5-star before and after care WrapAround Program for students in grades K-8 at 15 different schools. The Caldwell County School System embraces a diversified student body immersed in a myriad of academic studies from fine arts to engineering to career/technical education through virtual and traditional settings. Students are encouraged to learn, build positive relationships, explore activities that are relevant to their interests, and to put forth their best effort every day as they strive for excellence.