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COHS Culinary Arts student wins state championship

Coldspring-Oakhurst High School Culinary Arts and Law Enforcement students, along with their sponsors, traveled to Corpus Christi on Thursday, March 31, to compete in the SkillsUSA Texas State Championships.
 
Under the direction of COHS Law Enforcement Instructor Dr. Kim Webb, students Anthony Malota and Logan Riley competed in the Felony Traffic Stop contest. As freshmen, they were among the youngest competitors to make it to the state level in this division, and are expected to do great things in their future high school years in this field.
 
Four students in Chef Joel Casiday's Culinary Arts classes entered displays in the Commercial Baking Job Exhibits. This year's competition was based on a Disney theme.
 
"Senior Tinley Reid was awarded a Superior Rating for her Brave-themed commercial baking exhibit," said Casiday. "Seniors Ryan Allison (Moana), Brittany Hartley (Aladdin), and Lilly Warwick (Tinkerbell) all received Excellent ratings for their exhibits."
 
Culinary Arts student Ethan Manshack won the State Championship Gold Medal in Restaurant Services on Saturday, April 2. He will now advance to the SkillsUSA National Championships in Atlanta this June.
 
Chef Casiday said he couldn't be more proud of Manshack and the effort he put into making it to the national level of competition. This, even though the young man doubted his abilities in the beginning.
 
"At first he didn't even want to compete at all," said Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Joel Casiday. "But I convinced him he had what it takes - and he did!" 
 
In all, Casiday said 22 students from around the state competed against Manshack in the Restaurant Services contest.
 
"It tested their skills in setting a formal dining setting, presenting tableside guacamole, hosting guests, and completing a 3-course, formal dining service," said Casiday.

Manshack also won a Bronze Medal in the Employability Skills Technical Test.
 
SkillsUSA is a partnership of over 330,000 students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. A nonprofit national education association, SkillsUSA is the premier career and technical student organization serving middle-school, high-school and college/postsecondary students to prepare them for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.