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SHS Winner!! at New Mexico SkillsUSA Championships competition in Restaurant Services

[4/14/15]. Haley Duren, 18, of Albuquerque, NM has won 1st Place in the New Mexico SkillsUSA Championships competition in Restaurant Services. The SkillsUSA Championships, held in Albuquerque, NM took place on April 9-11, 2015. The conference was a showcase of career and technical education students where more than 645 outstanding career and technical education students, all state regional contest winners, competed hands-on in 68 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Haley is a senior at Sandia High School. "We are very proud of John's accomplishments," said Unna Valdez, Haley’s advisor at Sandia. "She and the other students that participated in the Restaurant Services competition are true champions in their dedication to excellence in their trade and their leadership skills." During the state competition, Haley and other students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry. In addition, leadership contestants demonstrated their skills, which included extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure. Contestants are tested on skills required in the “front of the house” of a fine restaurant. The focus is on guest service and guest relations in the dining room including: table set up; greeting guests; reservations procedures; presentation of menus; description of food, drinks, soups and specials of the day; taking orders; serving each course and clearing the table after each course; and preparation and presentation of the check and closing remarks. Contestants are judged on personal appearance, tableside manner, professionalism, ease with guests, courtesy, general knowledge and technical and verbal skills. Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education. Haley Duren received a $12,000 scholarship to the Culinary Institute of America. SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA chapters help students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations excel. SkillsUSA has more than 300,000 students and instructors as members. For more information, visit www.SkillsUSA.org.

[4/14/15]. Haley Duren, 18, of Albuquerque, NM has won 1st Place in the New Mexico SkillsUSA Championships competition in Restaurant Services. The SkillsUSA Championships, held in Albuquerque, NM took place on April 9-11, 2015. The conference was a showcase of career and technical education students where more than 645 outstanding career and technical education students, all state regional contest winners, competed hands-on in 68 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

 

Haley is a senior at Sandia High School. "We are very proud of John's accomplishments," said Unna Valdez, Haley’s advisor at Sandia. "She and the other students that participated in the Restaurant Services competition are true champions in their dedication to excellence in their trade and their leadership skills."

 

During the state competition, Haley and other students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry. In addition, leadership contestants demonstrated their skills, which included extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure. Contestants are tested on skills required in the “front of the house” of a fine restaurant. The focus is on guest service and guest relations in the dining room including: table set up; greeting guests; reservations procedures; presentation of menus; description of food, drinks, soups and specials of the day; taking orders; serving each course and clearing the table after each course; and preparation and presentation of the check and closing remarks. Contestants are judged on personal appearance, tableside manner, professionalism, ease with guests, courtesy, general knowledge and technical and verbal skills.

 

Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education. Haley Duren received a $12,000 scholarship to the Culinary Institute of America. 

 

SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA chapters help students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations excel. SkillsUSA has more than 300,000 students and instructors as members.

 

For more information, visit www.SkillsUSA.org.

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