Lima Senior High School has been named to the 2016 Elite 50, an annual selection of the top 50 secondary school hospitality programs in the nation.
The Elite 50 list recognizes high schools as well as career and technical centers that have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in hospitality education. These schools set the standard for secondary school training in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and/or hospitality management.
These elite programs are also marked by strong enrollment and a dedication to community outreach. Many of this year’s Elite 50 programs have won state and national competitions for ProStart, SkillsUSA and Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).
More than 350 schools designated as Hospitality Programs of Distinction were invited to apply for the honor of being named to the Elite 50 list. Criteria for the schools selected for the Elite 50 included: an original recipe with photos or a restaurant management design; two student essays on the topic “Why I want to pursue a career in hospitality”; and informational materials such as videos or brochures about the school’s program. Further consideration was given to schools that operate a restaurant or catering service as part of their culinary and hospitality training.
Lima Senior’s program is run by instructor Misty Lee. Students operate the Spartan Inn, a restaurant opened to the public two days a week.
Students in the program have been involved in numerous projects, including Cooking for Change, a collaborative with the Apollo Career Center that has students teaching people in the community how to cook healthy meals. The program is part of a grant received by the city of Lima.
LSH’s culinary students are often involved in community service projects. They have helped serve at a community Thanksgiving meal, and prepared and served food at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen.
The National Center for Hospitality Studies at Sullivan University oversees the selection process for the Elite 50 list. The National Center for Hospitality Studies is known as one of the finest postsecondary hospitality training institutions in the nation and offers programs in culinary arts; baking and pastry arts; hotel and restaurant management; event management and tourism; and hospitality management. Every year, graduates from the National Center for Hospitality Studies pursue successful careers in virtually every corner of the globe and every aspect of the hospitality industry. Sullivan University has campuses in both Louisville and Lexington, KY.
Additional information about the 2016 Elite 50 list can be found at sullivan.edu/elite50.