Danielle Henry
The ProStart II Culinary Team of Sarah Rosenthal, Zach Myers, Samantha Pernario, Garrisson Smith, and Vu Nguyen took home 5th place in the Boyd's Cup Culinary competition held last weekend. Nguyen and Smith both individually won $1000 scholarships in the competition.

West Seattle High School ProStart culinary students win at Boyd's Cup; Team took 5th place in state

Vu Nguyen and Garrison Smith both won $1000 scholarships

West Seattle High School students in the culinary program took home honors in the annual Boyd's Cup culinary competition held last weekend. Vu Nguyen, won the "ProStart Student of the Year" award from the Washington Restaurant Association. This honor is given to only one student in the State of Washington every year. The requirements to win were met. Vu had to be a current ProStart student, having completed level one of the ProStart culinary program as well as be employed at a restaurant. He received a $1,000 scholarship, a glass plaque, and a distinguished chef's knife kit.

In addition to Vu's award, another student, Garrisson Smith, received a "fund-a-dream" scholarship for $1,000 to attend the Northwest Culinary Institute, which he was recently accepted into; he also needed to have been a student of ProStart. Both students are currently enrolled in ProStart II, and were both members of the West Seattle High School Culinary Team.

The Culinary Team, which consisted of all ProStart II students: Sarah Rosenthal, Zach Myers, Samantha Pernario, Garrisson Smith, and Vu Nguyen, all took part in the competition and took 5th place in the state of Washington, the highest ranking WSHS has ever achieved. The team and advisor Danielle Henry expressed their gratitude for their partnership with Elliot Bay Oyster House Executive Chef, Robert Spaulding.

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