The students received the national certification for their involvement in the ProStart restaurant management program. To receive the credential, students must pass a rigorous national certification test, complete a two-year program and participate in a 400-hour paid internship.
West Virginia students received 15 of the first 122 national awards during the 1999-2000 school year. The ProStart program has been implemented at 36 high schools and vocational centers in the Mountain State.
Students receiving the credential include: Melissa L. Butler and Adam Geer, John Marshall High School, Marshall County; Beth Johnson, Putnam County Career Center, Putnam County; Anthony Liston and Jeremy Shahan, Barbour County Technical Center, Barbour County; Michelle Kitchen, Chatham D. Sinclair and Jason T. Wahl, Wheeling Park High School, Ohio County; Margaret Ayers, Fayette Plateau Vocational Center, Fayette County; Robert Wilson, Calhoun-Gilmer Vocational Technical Center, Calhoun/Gilmer County; Charles C. Baker, Candie L. Morgan and Derek B. Thomas, Greenbrier East High School, Greenbrier County; and Brandy Allender and Amber Currence, Randolph County Technical Center, Randolph County.