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ProStart® Teams Head to Springfield for Missouri State Competition on February 17
(Featured image: The talented ProStart® culinary students of Normandy High School)

Your MRA dues investment benefits the foodservice and hospitality industry in many ways.  Did you know that as a member of MRA you are also a supporter of the ProStart® School-to-Career Program?

ProStart is a national career-building program for high school students interested in culinary arts and foodservice management.  Developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, and administered in Missouri by MRA’s Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization established to support the educational objectives of MRA, and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Division of Family Consumer Sciences and Human Services, ProStart is a two-year high school program where future industry leaders get their start.  Through this program, we are training the restaurant and hospitality workforce of tomorrow.

ProStart student Tim Burks of Grandview High School

After months of preparation, and full of hope, a record number of ProStart teams will leave their local schools today to travel to Springfield for the 16th Annual Missouri State Competition in Springfield on February 17.  The students will demonstrate their mastery of restaurant leadership skills — culinary and management — in a fast-paced competition to win their share of scholarship opportunities and the honor of representing Missouri at the National ProStart Invitational to be held this April in Charleston, SC.

Missouri has one of the finest ProStart programs in the nation, and our teams have fared well at nationals.  Herndon Career Center, a career and technical high school in Raytown, is a previous winner of the national culinary competition.  Mark Twain High School in Center, MO (population 508) twice placed in the top five in the national management competition.

To learn how you can assist Missouri ProStart by mentoring a ProStart educator or providing mentored internship for a ProStart student, please contact MRA CEO Bob Bonney at bbonney@morestaurants.org.

All MRA members, both restaurant and allied, generously support ProStart with their dues investment in MRA and thereby provide opportunities for high school students to begin a career in our industry.   If you are not a member of MRA, you need to become one.  Membership costs as little as a dollar a day.  Applications, which also explain other member benefits, can be accessed on the MRA website:

Regular Membership Application

Allied Membership Application

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