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School Nutrition Represents OCS at Conference
Members of the local chapter of the School Nutrition Association attended the association’s state conference in Greensboro the week of June 17.
Each year, members have the opportunity to participate in leadership and professional development sessions, physical activities, and a culinary arts competition. School Nutrition Association members from across the state attended the conference, gaining insight on current legislation and policy updates, and listening to guest and motivational speakers during general sessions.
With a full week of activities, some of the local members participated in Chapter Leadership training, the President's Luncheon, Local Wellness Walk to raise awareness about hunger, and the New Horizons Trade Show where vendors presented new and current foods, supplies, equipment, and services that are available to School Nutrition Programs. Guest speaker, Steve Troxler, N.C. Agriculture Commissioner, and Logan Weber, motivational speaker, spoke to the members during the first General Session.
For the culinary arts competition, local members participated in several of the categories. Categories of competition included entrée, single component, bread, desserts, creative arts and complete lunch or breakfast plate.
The winners of each category in the culinary arts competition received a plaque and were recognized during the First General Session. Onslow County School Nutrition Association brought home several awards:
- Nicole Glowner, Cafeteria Manager, Swansboro High
- 2nd place: Complete Breakfast Plate: Grab-N-Go/Second Chance Breakfast
- 1st Place: Sandwich Plate
- Jennifer Jones, School Nutrition Assistant, Carolina Forest Elementary
- 3rd Place Lunch Entree Meal
- Karen Malave, School Nutrition Assistant, Carolina Forest Elementary
- 1st Place Lunch Entree Meal
- Janet Baker, Supervisor, School Nutrition
- 1st Place, Single Component Fruit or Vegetable Category, Commodity Fruit
- Best of Show, Commodity Fruit, Single Component
- Amanda Hines, School Nutrition Assistant, Southwest Elementary
- 3rd Place, Desserts
At the conference, the association also recognized certain members for their successes and contributions over time. Each April, nominations for awards are turned in to the state association who oversee the nominations in each category.
This year, Pamela Smith, former School Nutrition Director of Onslow County Schools, was awarded the Mary Long Beasley Distinguished Service Award for her contribution in advocating for sensible legislation on school meals and operations throughout her career. Michelle Marinelli, cafeteria manager at Jacksonville Commons Middle, was the recipient of the Dr. Harvey First Timer's Scholarship, which offsets expenses to attend the state conference.
Interim OCS School Nutrition Director Rebecca Collins said, “I am very proud of each SNA-OC member who participated and represented Onslow County.”