Going to Nationals, Culinary Arts

$4,210 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 25 people in 23 months
Joann Loomis, 2nd year culinary student in Houston, will represent the state of Texas at the national meeting of Skills USA this year in Louisville Kentucky this summer, and is looking for support. She will compete against other state's representatives in a culinary contest that will test her ability to use every part of a chicken.

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.

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To update everyone, Joann competed on Thursday, the 22nd. The competition included 46 individuals representing as many states. Each are State Champions like Joann and each have committed themselves to the competition. It turns out that many of the schools producing champions are 4 year schools and they come to Nationals every year.

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.

After a full day, Joann with her plates.
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Well here is where we are at. We have raised $3,460 very close to our goal of $4,000. The district has informed us that they will pay the registration fee, but all other costs are going to be born by us.

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.

Cookies coming.

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As an Update, I would like to let everyone know where Joann's campaign to go to nationals sits at this time.

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.
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EPUS Global Energy, Ft. Worth Texas, has agreed to match dollar for dollar the first $750.00 donated to support Joann, Thank YOU Jeff Johnson. www.EPUSEnergy.com
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$4,210 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 25 people in 23 months
Created April 12, 2017
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Jeff Johnson
21 months ago (Offline Donation)

Ok Joann, all you have to do now is "Geterdone!" To everyone that donated to this cause, great job. Joann, we are expecting you to get it done.

Nancy Viola
23 months ago

Way to Go Joann!!!!

23 months ago
Lisa O'Neal
23 months ago

Good luck!

23 months ago
Jennifer Osowski
23 months ago

Congratulations! What an exciting time for you.

steve sloat
23 months ago

Great job! Best of luck at nationals!

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