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COHS Culinary Arts student qualifies for State contest

The Coldspring-Oakhurst High School Culinary Arts Department traveled to Cleveland High School on Saturday, Feb. 8, to participate in the SkillsUSA Texas District 7 Culinary Arts Contest. Two students, Ryan Allison and Brittany Hartley, represented COHS and competed in the Restaurant Services contest.
 
SkillsUSA is a national Career and Technical Student Organization focusing on career-based skills and leadership education and training. It provides students the opportunity to participate in district, state, and national contests in their program concentrations. SkillsUSA Texas is a leading national chapter, providing scholarship opportunities in over 300 skill and leadership contests.  
 
At Saturday's event. 20 competitors were tasked with folding eight fine-dining napkin folds, setting a three-course table setting for four guests, acting as a restaurant host or hostess, and serving a table of guests at a simulated, fine-dining restaurant. After the four-hour contest was complete, COHS sophomore Brittany Hartley earned third place and received a bronze medal. She also qualified to compete in Restaurant Services technical testing in Corpus Christi at the SkillsUSA Texas State Championships in April. 
 
Photo of Brittany Hartley
COHS Sophomore Brittany Hartley
 
This was the first contest for COHS students in the newly expanded Culinary Arts program at the high school.
 
"I am so proud of these students for stepping out of their comfort zones and competing. They really represented Coldspring well," said Chef Joel Casiday, the program instructor and SkillsUSA advisor for Culinary Arts students. "I'm also excited that they're young and will be competing for the next two years. Once we get into our new facility next year, we'll be able to compete in more contests and have a better setup for practicing their skills on a regular basis. These two students are the foundation of a successful future in our program and competitions and I'm looking forward to it all."
 
The COHS Culinary Arts program is currently operating out of the newly renovated cafeteria at the Jones Educational Complex. It is set to move into the new COHS Career and Technical Education (CTE) wing after the facility is completed in the coming months.
 
We are extremely proud of Chef Casiday and our Culinary Arts students. They have gotten off to a great start!