Culinary Arts students represent CTE at ProStart competition

Nine students from CTE's Culinary Arts program traveled to Lansing last month to take part in the annual ProStart competition. Accompanying the students were instructors Heidi Rocha and Tara Dutcher, as well as a handful of parents and former CA students.

The ProStart Competition is put on by the Michigan Restaurant Association. More than 20 schools from around the state compete in areas such as Culinary, Management, ServSafe Quiz Bowl, Nutrition, Menu Design and Table Top Design. The purpose of the competition is to apply what students have learned through the ProStart curriculum. Numerous college representatives and industry professionals attend and judge the competition. Clare-Gladwin CTE students competed in the areas of Nutrition, ServSafe Quiz Bowl and Table Top Design. The Table Top Design team took third place, earning a $3,000 scholarship each to Sullivan University in Louisville.

"For the Table Top team, I was very impressed by their unique design concept," Rocha said. "All of the students are from families who love to hunt, so they based it on that theme. They really drew from their personal experience and made it their own.

"With regard to all of the students, there were some very challenging situations that arose during competition," Rocha added. "We were very proud of the positive attitudes and level of professionalism that students displayed. It may have been a defining moment for all of them."

"Our students represented CTE and their home schools with a great deal of class and composure," said CTE Program Evaluator Tom House. "We're grateful to our sponsors who helped make it possible for our students to attend this event."

Those sponsors included:

  • Athey Precision Inc.
  • Langley Small Engine Repair
  • Federal Broach & Machine Co., L.L.C.
  • Ponderosa Steakhouse - Clare
  • Mid-Michigan Foam
  • Robinson Industries
  • NCS Construction
  • Pioneer Pole Buildings
  • Create It - Beaverton 

CTE AWARDS: Local students honored for year's work

The Clare-Gladwin Career & Technical Education program held its annual CTE Awards ceremony Monday, celebrating the efforts of its 250-plus students, and recognizing several in particular for their outstanding work in the classroom this year.

CTE provides vocational education and skilled trades training for high school juniors and seniors from Clare, Beaverton, Harrison, Gladwin and Farwell. Training is offered in areas like Construction Trades, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Health Occupations, Automotive Technology, Digital Media and Education Occupations.

The awards ceremony on Monday was actually split into two affairs, one each for the program’s morning and afternoon sessions. Attendees – including students and their families – were treated to stories of success, both from the 2015-16 school year and from years past, as well as many moving and amusing tales of the current school year.

“Most of my career was spent at the high school level,” CTE Program Evaluator Tom House told the crowd. “I always knew the value of CTE, but until you see firsthand the way your students perform and represent their schools and communities, you don’t really know. There‘s tremendous value in CTE, and I know you’ve learned things you’re going to use all your lives.”

Instructors recognized outstanding students in both sessions of each class in such areas as Above and Beyond, Outstanding Student, Most Improved and Perfect Attendance (First Semester). Those students included:

·         Automotive Technology - Above and Beyond - Christian Kuhns (Clare), Dakota Burgess (Coleman) and Dakota Jimenez (Gladwin); Outstanding Student - Branden Kerley (Harrison), Zachary McCully (Gladwin) and Dylan Worden (Gladwin); Most Improved -  Cody Coburn (Farwell) and Aaron Pohl (Gladwin); Perfect Attendance - Branden Kerley (Harrison) and Max Taylor (Harrison), Austin Currier (Beaverton), Brandon Pahl (Gladwin) and Aaron Pohl (Gladwin).

·         Construction Trades - Above and Beyond - Travis Beracy (Coleman) and Ethan Goodwin (Beaverton); Outstanding Student - James Gillespie (Harrison), Jarod Given (Harrison), Ryan Alana (Farwell), Mark Demoines (Beaverton), William Lang (Beaverton) and Jeremy Zdrojewski (Beaverton); Most Improved -  Charles Cassidy (Harrison) and Stephen Petrik (Beaverton); Perfect Attendance - Jeremy Fillhard (Harrison), James Gillespie (Harrison), Corey Davis (Harrison), Cameron Sherrick (Harrison), Jared Bennett (Harrison) and Ethan Goodwin (Beaverton).

·         Criminal Justice - Above and Beyond - Hayley Sanford (Coleman); Outstanding Student - Samantha Adsit (Coleman), Alice Roe (Harrison) and Kinsley Smith (Gladwin); Most Improved - Taylor Theisen (Clare) and Hunter Dollen (Harrison); Perfect Attendance - Madison Moore (Beaverton), Corey Lang (Harrison), Kristen Pitt (Harrison), Alice Roe (Harrison), Devin Hoffman (Harrison), Milena Haywood (Harrison) and Raymond Ramirez (Harrison).

·         Culinary Arts - Above and Beyond - Chelsea Claeys (Clare) and Lydia Gervase (Harrison); Outstanding Student - Kathleen White (Beaverton), Mehna Orr (Clare), Harley Hakes (Harrison) and Dylan Atwell (Harrison); Most Improved -  Ashley Helmer (Farwell) and Bryer Maxwell (Gladwin); Perfect Attendance - Adam Lower (Clare), Caleb Bondie (Harrison), Morgan Bradburn (Harrison) and Natalie Olstrom (Harrison).

·         Digital Media - Above and Beyond - Nicholas Berenyi (Coleman) and Daniel Vansickle (Harrison); Outstanding Student - Natalie Rogers (Coleman), Jacob Gross (Farwell) and Cole Burch (Harrison); Most Improved - Cody Baybeck (Farwell) and Gaven Heldenbrand (Gladwin); Perfect Attendance - Tanner Davis (Clare), Cole Burch (Harrison), D’Andre Charles (Harrison), Kurtis Eichhorn (Harrison) and Daniel Vansickle (Harrison).

·         Education Occupations - Above and Beyond - Gracia Agin (Harrison) and Jamie May (Gladwin); Outstanding Student - Jessica Lovejoy (Coleman), Quinci Butler (Clare), Aleta LaPage (Harrison), April McKenzie (Farwell), Jazmin Steele (Beaverton), Cheyenne French (Gladwin) and Kolton Wilson (Gladwin); Most Improved - Mary Ann Rhynard (Coleman) and Hannah Bingham (Beaverton); Perfect Attendance - Gracia Agin (Harrison), Breanna Cosgrove (Harrison), Savanna Fredenburg (Harrison), Aleta LaPage (Harrison) and Amberlynne Wells (Harrison).

·         Health Occupations - Above and Beyond - Tasha Decker (Coleman) and Kassidy Seebeck (Harrison); Outstanding Student - Lauren Hughes (Beaverton), Emylee Allen (Clare), Alexis Willford (Gladwin) and Jacob Jackson (Harrison); Most Improved - Christina Bagwell (Beaverton); Perfect Attendance - Elle Coughlin (Harrison), Logan Curns (Harrison), Aja Heber (Harrison), Jacob Jackson (Harrison), Marissa Mathews (Harrison), Kasey Teebo (Harrison), Alexis Willford (Gladwin) and Nichole Willman (Harrison).


CTE's Culinary Arts students prepared and served lunches for the Harrison Middle School Eighth Grade Girls Luncheon on Friday. This formal luncheon is an annual event hosted at Mid-Michigan Community College and sponsored by the Harrison Women’s Association. Heidi Rocha, Tara Dutcher and the combined A.M. and P.M. classes prepared the dining area, cooked a delicious meal and served about 100 people.

Observed CTE Program Evaluator Tom House: "I heard only very positive comments about our staff and students and the atmosphere and meal they created."

The Culinary Arts program will cater a similar luncheon for eighth grade girls from Gladwin on February 26th.