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Fayette County Cook Receives National Food Service Award

August 01, 2000

Shelia Linkswiler, a cook at Mount Hope Middle School in Fayette County, has received the prestigious American School Food Service Association Heart of the Program Award. She received the national award at the association’s annual conference in St. Louis on July 16.  

“We are extremely proud of Shelia Linkswiler and the dedication she has for providing students with nutritious, great-tasting meals,” said State Superintendent Dr. David Stewart. “She shows her students that she cares, and she goes the extra mile every day for students at her school.”  

According to Gloria Cunningham, coordinator in the Office of Child Nutrition for the West Virginia Department of Education, Linkswiler was one of the first cooks in West Virginia to receive national certification by the American School Food Service Association. Cunningham said that Linkswiler was recognized as the West Virginia School Food Service Association Heart of the Program Award winner at the organization’s annual conference on April 15 in Wheeling.  

“As president of the West Virginia association, I was honored to present Shelia with the state award,” Cunningham explained. “Her enthusiasm and caring attitude is what sets her apart.”  

“Shelia is an outstanding example of the best a cook can be,” noted Barbara A. Nichols, food service specialist for Fayette County Schools. “She is caring, concerned, enthusiastic and dedicated to her children, her job, her school and community. Each and every day, she performs her job to provide the most nutritious, well-balanced and attractive meals to students and staff.”

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