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Moapa Valley students place second in national contest

Four students from Moapa Valley High School placed second in the management competition of the sixth annual National ProStart Student Invitational April 20-22 in Charlotte, N.C.

Senior Kate Jessop and juniors Jonathan Xie, Betty Sendlein and Kirk Bullock were led by 2006 ProStart Teacher of the Year Mary Bullock and mentored by chef Christopher Lindsay, sous chef for the main hotel kitchen at the MGM Grand.

More than 250 high school students took part in the competition, which judges teams on their culinary and management skills. The competition was presented by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and its sponsor, Coca-Cola.

Teams were judged on their performance in the Knowledge Bowl, a “Jeopardy”-style game, and on a case study, in which teams were given 30 minutes to review an industry case study before making a presentation for the judges.

The Moapa Valley team, which advanced to nationals after winning the Nevada ProStart Student Invitational at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on March 16, received $51,850 in scholarships, in addition to knife kits, cutting boards, and baking and pastry textbooks.

The management team from Bend High School in Oregon won first place.

In other youth news:

* Faith Lutheran Junior-Senior High School will present “The Wizard of Oz” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the school gym. Tickets are $3 for Faith Lutheran students, $4 for non-Faith Lutheran students and $7 for adults. For more information, call 804-4400.

* Nine young men from the Las Vegas Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America have recently become Eagle Scouts:

Chris Bailey, 18, is the son of Laura and Rick Bailey. He is a member of Troop No. 238.

Scott Beckwith, 16, is the son of Michelle and Pat Beckwith. He is a member of Troop No. 338.

Joseph W. Gonzalez, 18, is the son of Ana Maria and Bill Gonzalez. He is a member of Troop No. 269.

Josh Judd, 18, is the son of Jill and Spencer Judd. He is a member of Troop No. 469.

Shane Palmer, 18, is the son of Bill and Roselle Palmer. He is a member of Troop No. 417.

Weston Parker, 17, is the son of Brian and Lindee Parker. He is a member of Troop No. 417.

Jarred Randall Watkins, 18, is the son of David and Ronda Watkins. He is a member of Troop No. 308.

Jordan David Watkins, 18, is the son of David and Ronda Watkins. He is a member of Troop No. 308.

TJ Wheeler, 17, is the son of Tom and Barbara Wheeler. He is a member of Troop No. 205.

If you know of a worthy candidate for this column, mail information to Youth Spotlight, Las Vegas Review-Journal, P.O. Box 70, Las Vegas, NV 89125-0070, or send faxes to 383-4676.

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