High school ProStart competition Feb. 16

High school ProStart competition Feb. 16

by Jayne Flores
Guam Community College

After a year of hiatus, and with three new instructors, the Guam Community College ProStart competition is back! ProStart is the career and technical education program in Guam’s public high schools that feeds into GCC’s Culinary Arts program, which produces many of the island’s amazing chefs. This year the competition involves Simon Sanchez, Okkodo, John F. Kennedy, and Southern high schools (the George Washington High School ProStart classroom is under construction, and Tiyan High currently does not have a ProStart kitchen). The competition gets under way on February 16, 2017, from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon in the GCC Multipurpose Auditorium. The winning team will be announced at 1:00 pm.

Marivic Schrage, GCC Tourism & Hospitality Department chair and former instructor for the two-time national champion ProStart team from Simon Sanchez High School, says this year’s competition is special.

“We’ve been informed by NRAEF (the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation) that the Art Institutes based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will award members of this year’s winning Guam ProStart team who are graduating seniors with a $3,000 scholarship each, to further their culinary careers,” Schrage said. She notes that the scholarship is renewable for up to four years, for a maximum of $12,000.

“We are very fortunate that, with our two national championships, we’ve put Guam on the ProStart map. NRAEF knows that our students are top-notch, and we are very grateful for their support,” Schrage said.

“This year’s Guam competition should be amazing, because we have some really talented chefs-in-training in our ProStart classrooms,” she added.

Renowned chefs from Guam’s premiere restaurants will judge the competition. Schrage noted that three of this year’s ProStart instructors are new: Patricia Nery at Simon Sanchez (Nery is a GCC Culinary Arts graduate); Chef Jesse Talavera at JFK; and Carl Takano at Southern. Only Kennylyn Miranda at Okkodo is a seasoned ProStart instructor (and a GCC Culinary Arts grad!)

*Photo/video op note: Your news organization is welcome to cover this exciting event. We only ask that photographers be respectful of the competitors and not interfere with their food preparation.

Participating Teams:

Okkodo High School: (2nd place in 2015 Guam ProStart competition)

Instructor: Chef Kennlyn Miranda

1. Xela Marie Olivario

2. Ella Mae Tinoso

3.  Hennessy L. Sanchez

4.  Jim Mangligot


Simon Sanchez (1st place in 2015 Guam ProStart competition and 5th place in 2015 ProStart National Invitational )

Instructor: Patricia Nery

1.  Vincent A Castro

2. Mark D. Lumanlan

3. Joshua Manlapaz

4. Edrick M Edu



Instructor: Chef Jesse Talavera

1. Gonzalo Vilaflores

2. Tyrell Placides

3. Diane Ezmeralda

4. RC Abordonado


Southern High

Instructor:  Chef Carl Takano 

1.  Rhenae G. Jimenez

2. Yvanna C. Guzman

3.  Erick N Mori

4. Hae'ani Lynn Crisostomo


For more information, contact Jayne Flores, GCC Asst. Director of Communications & Promotions, at 735-5638 (office), 483-6409 (cell), or via email at jayne.flores@guamcc.edu.

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