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For Immediate Release — February 4, 2009 | HQ
: DDESS, Public Affairs Officer | (678) 364-8044

PEACHTREE CITY, GA — February 4, 2009 — Lejeune High School (LHS) Culinary Arts team won first place for the second consecutive year in the 2009 Carolina ProStart Student Invitational (CPSI) held in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Jan. 26-27. LHS is located aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., in the Department of Defense (DoD) Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools/DoDDS-Cuba North Carolina District.

Presented by the South Carolina Tourism and Hospitality Educational Foundation (T.H.E. Foundation) and the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association in conjunction with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), the invitational showcases the academic talents in management competition of high school students from across North and South Carolina.

Highlights of the event were the team competitions:

Culinary Competition - LHS took First Place;
Recipe Contest - LHS took Second Place; and
Case Management - LHS took Third Place.

The LHS teams competed under the tutelage of LHS Teacher Shirley Bryan. "The students on both of our teams were superb in behavior and work ethic," Bryan said. "All the congratulations go to the kids for their ability to accept the challenges presented and to persevere." She added that it was very unusual for a school to repeat as State Champion.

Winning teams from each competition, from each state were awarded medals and scholarships to pursue post-secondary education and earned a seat to compete in their respective national invitational in April 2009. Looking toward Nationals, Bryan said they were told there has never been an entrée of pork or with a bone as a winner, but she's sure their ribs have a very good chance to change that outcome. The teams will compete at their nationals April 24-26 in San Diego.

The DDESS Culinary Arts program provides high school students with management skills necessary for a career in restaurant and food industry. Instruction includes lecture, demonstrations, restaurant-related projects, food preparation, accounting and cost control and retailing industry. Upon completion of the Restaurant, Food and Beverage Service Pathway, DDESS students are well qualified to either further their studies in an accredited Culinary Arts university or enter the food service industry.

LHS Culinary Arts students won the North Carolina State Championship in the 2008 Carolina ProStart Student Invitational. The team also went on to compete against 33 other schools in the National Competition in San Diego. Since the program's inception, LHS graduates have amassed $657,000 in scholarships. These students have gone on to attend schools such as Johnson Wales University, the New England Culinary Institute and Baltimore International College.