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Three students, alumna to receive state restaurant awards

October 7, 2013

Three UW-Stout students and an alumna will be honored at the Wisconsin Restaurant Association’s annual Celebration of Excellence banquet Sunday, Oct. 13, in Wausau at the Jefferson Street Inn.

A total of 26 students attending postsecondary institutions in Wisconsin will receive $35,000 in scholarships from the WRA's Education Foundation. From UW-Stout the winners are:

- Kaitlyn Hafeman, of Madison, Society Insurance Scholarship and Magnificent 7 Scholarship

- Cassandra Igel, of Greenville, Dick Kroening Scholarship

- Alexis Whitney, of Arkdale, WRA West Wisconsin Chapter Scholarship

All three are majoring in hotel, restaurant and tourism management, which is part of the UW-Stout School of Hospitality Leadership.

Liz MoehrAlso honored at the banquet will be Liz Moehr, a 2002 UW-Stout graduate, with the Educator of the Year Award. Moehr is a family and consumer sciences teacher at Pulaski High School, near Green Bay.

Earlier this year Moehr was named the WRA's ProStart Educator of the Year and received the James H. Maynard Excellence in Education Award. The latter award, from the National Restaurant Association, goes to just two teachers in the nation each year.

Through the ProStart curriculum, high school students learn food service management and culinary skills. In 2010, Moehr's students won the state ProStart culinary competition and competed in the national tournament.

"Liz Moehr has shown incredible dedication to the foundation and the food service industry," said Bryan Mowry, managing director of the WRA Education Foundation. "Her enthusiasm for teaching really makes a difference to her students, the community and the future of the industry."

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