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DoDEA Students Recognized in White House Recipe Contest

For Immediate Release — July 2, 2014 |
: Chief, DoDEA Communications | (571) 372-0613
: Public Affairs Specialist | (571) 372-0604

ALEXANDRIA, VA — July 2, 2014 — Not one, but two DoDEA students have been selected to attend the White House Kids' State Dinner as guests of the First Lady, Michelle Obama on July 18th for their award winning recipes in the 2014 Lunchtime Challenge.

Lily Vinch of Andersen Elementary School (Guam) won for her Mo-Rockin' Meatless Monday Special recipe and Ariel Derby from Amelia Earhart Intermediate School (Okinawa) won for her Baked Falafel.


Lily Vinch cooks a dish called “Mo-Rockin’ Meatless Monday Special,” a couscous and spinach salad with Moroccan spices and dried fruits.


Ariel Derby presents her Baked dish as a fun lady falafel with a tomato smiley face and lettuce hair.

The First Lady's Office sent a congratulatory note to each student.Lily and Ariel will be among 54 selected to attending the event from July 17-18.

Each contestant was required to include the title of an original recipe for one healthy lunchtime meal incorporating the United States Department of Agriculture nutrition guidance supporting "MyPlate" at Half the plate or recipe should be filled with fruits and vegetables.A brief essay had to provide some details about their recipe, including how all or most of the major food groups would be served in their dish.

The annual Healthy Lunchtime challenge gives students the ability to demonstrate a thorough understanding of how to cook and eat healthy and delicious meals.The seven person panel of judges included two D.C.-based children who are graduates of Share our Strength's Cooking Matters program.

More info on the program is available at:

A cookbook including our DoDEA students' recipes will be published on July 23rd and available on line at:

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