Recent W.Va. Graduates Win National Scholarships

June 13, 2006

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Recent graduates of Point Pleasant and James Monroe high schools have won scholarships to Johnson & Wales University in national competitions.  

Suzanne Caplinger of Point Pleasant was one of two students to win a full four-year scholarship valued at $80,000 to the private school. The other national winner was Molly Wilson of Del Valle High School in El Paso, Texas.  

Nearly 600 high school seniors entered this year’s competition. Scholarships are awarded based on activities and grade point average.  

Caplinger, who was state president of the Future Business Leaders of America for 2005-2006, will represent West Virginia at the National FBLA Leadership Conference June 29 to July 2 in Nashville, Tenn.  

Daniel Vaughan of Union was the second runner-up in the school’s National High School Culinary Challenge’s dinner category. His winning recipe was for Pan Roasted Mountain Quail with Mushroom Stuffing won him a $5,000 scholarship that’s renewable for up to four years. The dish was served over creamy ramp grits and sautéed Swiss chard with blackberry jus.  

The Culinary Challenge was created in 1990 to showcase the talent of high school students and encourage them to enter the world of culinary and pastry arts. For the 2006 competition, 21 finalists were chosen from more than 500 entries. Jack Hogan of Portsmouth, N.H., took the grand prize in the dinner category, while Angelica DeRobles of San Jose, Calif., won in desserts.  

Johnson & Wales has campuses in Providence, R.I., North Miami, Fla., Denver, and Charlotte, N.C.

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