Takoma Park MS Places First in Culinary Challenge for Third Year
Takoma Park Middle School sixth grader Dahlia Badt won first place in the Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge. This is the third year in a row that Takoma Park has placed first in the lunch category in the Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge.
This year’s theme was Grab and GO. Meals were supposed to be plant-forward, a style of cuisine that emphasizes plant-based foods but is not limited to them.
The Takoma Park team prepared Blue Devil (school mascot) Bibimbap, a Korean dish made with extra firm tofu, gochujang marinade, brown rice, zucchini spirals, carrots, mushroom, edamame, spinach, bean sprouts and garnished with sesame seeds. The bibimbap was served with black rice pudding with a berry blend fruit salad.
Every day, school food professionals face an array of requirements to create school meals that meet strict nutritional guidelines, while adhering to restrictive per-meal budgets. The Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge gives students the chance to face these challenges and create what they would like to see in their school cafeterias.
This year, four schools participated in the competition. Individuals from each school prepared a three-minute video with their recipe, cost and nutrition analysis to meet the USDA school nutrition guidelines.
Blair Team Named Runner-Up in International Public Policy Debate Competition
A team from Montgomery Blair High School has been named the runner-up in the 20th Annual Brewer Foundation/New York University International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) debate competition, which took place virtually on May 1. As the runner-up, the team has been awarded a $3,500 prize.
Coached by teacher Leigh Tinsley, team members were Jonathan Wen, Alex Jiang and Shariar Vaez-Ghaemi.
The IPPF competition gives high school students around the world the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy. The teams that competed at the IPPF finals were the last eight to emerge from a field of 180 teams, representing high schools in 19 countries and 25 U.S. states. The teams debated the topic,“Resolved: The benefits of artificial intelligence outweigh the harms.”
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