Going to Nationals, Culinary Arts
Joann Loomis, is a 6th generation Texan and she is ready to "bring it" against the nation's best. With a little help she can show the rest of the nation what it means when we say "Don't mess with Texas".
Joann is a varsity volleyball player, coach and aspiring culinary professional. Her dream is to pursue a career in creating, preparing, and delivering excellence in culinary arts and perhaps even running her own restaurant in the future. This competition is a major step in achieving that goal, national recognition is important and if she wins scholorship money is also available.
Thank you all in advance for your support. Donations of any size are greatfully accepted but as a special THANK YOU Joann will send a dozen of her award-winning cookies for each donation over $50.
She entered the Miller Career and Technical School in Katy Texas last year and this was her second major competition, placing first in District 8 competition and then placing first at the State competition in Corpus Christi against representatives from all other districts in Texas.
However, funds are tight and we would like to ensure her participation, and allow her twin sister to attend. The two of them work together, they play volleyball together, they spend every waking moment together and Joann wants her there as her support team.
Funds raised will cover hotel rooms, meals, air fare, equipment, food and miscellaneous expenses. Not to mention food to practise with prior to competition.
Any dollars not spent on this adventure will be used for future culinary education. Currently Joann has been accepted to the University of Houston and will major in Hotel & Restaurant Management while pursuing culinary arts.
To see Joann in action watch the video below.
Overview of SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA is an individual membership organization serving middle school, high school and college/postsecondary students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations. SkillsUSA Inc. is a national nonprofit and tax-exempt organization.
More than 300,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 18,000 sections and 52 state and territorial associations. Combining alumni and lifetime membership, the total number served this year is more than 360,000. SkillsUSA has served more than 12.2 million members since its founding in 1965.
I was very impressed with the scope of the event. Skills USA basically took over the town for the week.
Joann's competition started at 8:00 in the morning and finished around 4:00 in the afternoon. She got very very high marks for organization and flavor and placed 24th overall.
This was a great experience for her and convinced her that she needs to devote even more time to her skills and culinary creations. However, she won't be cooking chicken for a while.
Cookies and thank you"s will be arriving shortly. Expect an email from Joann to confirm addresses and preferences.
Again, thank you all for making this possible.
On the upside, Joann has been preparing a new menu for the competition, and Naomi says the salad is really good.
She's going in with a really good chance of doing well and we want to say thank you to all that have supported us in this adventure.
We have raised $710 dollars from individuals, with matching funds from EPUS Global Energy, bringing the total to $1,420.
This means that we are almost 1/2 way to our goal of $3,500 and we couldn't be more excited.
Thank you all very much for helping us get Joann to Nationals.