Winners & Highlights

Congratulations to all of the incredible ProStart student competitors for “igniting your passion” at this year’s National ProStart Invitational in Baltimore, Maryland. We applaud your hard work and dedication and thank the educators, parents, judges, volunteers, and our supporters for making NPSI 2024 the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s best NPSI ever.

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Below is our recap of the winning teams in Management and Culinary, video highlights, photos, and more highlights from this year’s event.

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NPSI 2024 Award Winners

Out of a field of 48 Culinary Competition and 48 Restaurant Management Competition teams from across the nation, the following schools placed 1st to 5th in each category.

Photo of the students and educator of the NPSI 2024 2nd place Culinary team from Caesar Rodney High School, Camden, Del.

First Place – Culinary

Caesar Rodney High School
Camden, Delaware
Educator: Terri Senn
Team Members: Melia Stamper, Carys Raber, Zoe Rowe, Ralph Figueroa, Shannon Powell
Photo of the students and educators of the NPSI 2024 1st place Management team from Orange County School of the Arts, Santa Ana, Calif.

First Place – Management

Orange County School of the Arts
Santa Ana, California
Educators: Paola Costa & Daniel Mattos
Team Members: Cynthia Zhou, Tira Smith, Emily Leo, Max Madsen
Photo of the students and educator of the NPSI 2024 2nd place Culinary team from Herndon Career Center, Raytown, Mo.

Second Place – Culinary

Herndon Career Center
Raytown, Missouri
Educator: Mike Chrostowski
Team Members: Ellyson Drake, Toby Nave’, Conner Rupard, Mariyah Voyles, Esmaria Heck
Photo of the students and educators of the NPSI 2024 2nd place Management team from Wilbur Cross High School, New Haven, Conn.

Second Place – Management

Wilbur Cross High School
New Haven, Connecticut
Educator: Nathaniel Bradshaw
Team Members: Adam Sharqawe, Hassan Hussain, Maya Boyd, Ahilya Singh, Meet Patel

Photo of the students and educator of the NPSI 2024 3rd place Culinary team from Anderson Career and Technology Center, Williamston, S.C.

Third Place – Culinary

Anderson Career and Technology Center
Williamston, South Carolina
Educator: Chris Moree
Team Members: Isabella Downie, Ben Graham, Cooper Moore, Elizabeth Page, William Nelms
Photo of the students and educators of the NPSI 2024 3rd place Management team from Elk River High School, Elk River, Minn.

Third Place – Management

Elk River High School
Elk River, Minnesota
Educators: Monique Sabby & Julie Herrity-Weidenborner
Team Members: Harrison Brandt, Sawyer Hahn, Lukas Larson, Cassius VanAvery Esquire, Kaila Swart
Photo of the students and educators of the NPSI 2024 4th place Culinary team from Ben Barber Innovation Academy, Mansfield, Texas

Fourth Place – Culinary

Ben Barber Innovation Academy
Mansfield, Texas
Educator: David Roberson
Team Members: Mekhi Vaughn, Logan Vo, Sophia Li, Makayla Stephens, Eden Card
Photo of the students and educators of the NPSI 2024 4th place Management team from Wando High School, Mt Pleasant, S.C.

Fourth Place – Management

Wando High School
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
Educator: Molly Gordon
Team Members: Ramell Bagtas, Sarah Dzielinski, Cooper Stapleton

Photo of the students and educator of the NPSI 2024 5th place Culinary team from Normandy High School, Parma, Ohio

Fifth Place – Culinary

Normandy High School
Parma, Ohio
Educators: Iann Johnson & Christine Gibbons
Team Members: Samantha Beilstein, Abigail Basinger, Jordan Mitchell, Madison Headrick, Daniel Hoffman
Photo of the students and educators of the NPSI 2024 5th place Management team from Strawberry Crest High School, Dover, Florida

Fifth Place – Management

Strawberry Crest High School
Dover, Florida
Educator: Jeremy Walburn
Team Members: Katya King, Faye Lee, Sienna Smith, Caleigh Ross, Julianna Kelly
Paula Weeks of Coca-Cola, Sean Beard, Chair of the NRAEF Board of Trustees, Rob Gifford, President of NRAEF, and other attendees at the Coca-Cola Lounge ribbon cutting.

Sponsors on Their Support of NPSI

Onsite Activations at #NPSI2024

During this year’s NPSI, we partnered with sponsors and exhibitors to offer fun on-site activations for our ProStart students, educators, and other attendees who traveled to Baltimore, Maryland from across the country.

Onsite activations at NPSI included:

  • The Coca-Cola ProStart Lounge
  • Keynote and meet & greet with Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast Laurie Hernandez, thanks to The Coca-Cola Company
  • Live performance by country music artist Niko Moon, thanks to DIRECTV FOR BUSINESS
  • American Express Business Lounge
  • Kellanova’s Snack Wall
  • Rich’s Milkshake Bar
  • Professional headshot photos thanks to Rich’s
  • MARS Candy Station
  • NPSI merch store
  • Career & Education Expo with ProStart Scholarship schools and NPSI sponsors

    See NPSI photos and videos below and on NRAEF’s social channels by searching the #NPSI2024 hashtag on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and LinkedIn.

    NPSI Video Library

    See all videos from NPSI 2024 on the playlist below

    Photo Gallery

    NPSI 2024 Selects

    Thank You NPSI 2024 Sponsors & Exhibitors

    American Express
    Areas USA, Inc.
    Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts
    Burger King Foundation
    Bush’s Best
    Charley’s Kids Foundation
    CliftonLarsonAllen Foundation
    Coca-Cola Company
    Culinary Institute of America
    Darden Foundation
    Forge To Table
    Golden Corral
    Great Lakes Culinary Institute
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Academy of Culinary Arts
    Institute for Culinary Education
    J. Williard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
    Johnson & Wales University
    Mars Foodservices
    Morgan State University
    National Restaurant Association
    Nation’s Restaurant News
    Nestlé Professional
    Pennsylvania College of Technology
    Rachael Ray Foundation
    University of Central Florida, Rosen College of Hospitality Management
    University of Houston, Conrad N. Hilton College
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    US Coast Guard
    Virginia State University
    Walnut Hill College
    Yum! Brands

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    Save The Date! #NPSI2025

    In 2025, the National ProStart Invitational will be held May 2-5 in Baltimore, Maryland, at the Marriott Baltimore Waterfront.

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