Rotarians attend B-UHS for meeting, ProStart presentation


TENNERTON — The Rotary Club of Buckhannon-Upshur held a meeting on Tuesday, May 3. The meeting was held at Buckhannon-Upshur High School (B-UHS) as the ProStart students provided lunch and a presentation to Rotarians.

The meeting began as usual with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary 4-Way Test. Happy Bucks followed with many being happy of the location of the meeting and anticipation for the wonderful food prepared by ProStart students. Happy Bucks is a program that Rotarians use to celebrate good news and in speaking the good news to the group place a “buck” into a collection that is then donated to The Parish House.

Several ProStart students including Thomas O’Neill, Drea Rexroad, Holden Riffle and Payton Frame were present with ProStart Instructor Codey Cutright. Superintendent for Upshur County Schools Administrative Assistant Megan O’Neill was also in attendance, along with School Business Official and Treasurer Jeffrey Perkins.

Students served a delectable dish called chicken tikka masala. The main dish was served alongside rice and freshly baked naan. The dish was extremely flavorful. Rotarians questioned which spices were used and student Thomas O’Neill answered that the dish included garlic, ginger, cumin and coriander among other spices.

Codey Cutright ProStart Instructor at B-UHS was then introduced. Cutright began his teaching career in 2012 as a substitute teacher for the Upshur County Board of Education. He graduated from Fairmont State University (FSU) in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. During his time at FSU, he also completed all his coursework for the Pierpont Culinary Arts Academy. In 2015, Cutright was offered a position to be the ProStart teacher at B-UHS. In preparation for this, he then completed required coursework in conjunction with the teacher preparation program with West Virginia State Department of Education and the West Virginia University Institute of Technology. Cutright is certified in culinary arts by the West Virginia State Board of Education. He is also a co-advisor for DECA as well as the ServSafe Instructor and Proctor.

Cutright then spoke on the program. Many achievements have been completed by the B-UHS ProStart program including attending The Greenbrier for the Hospitality University Conference. Other accomplishments and achievements include catering for local events, including Hands and Hearts fundraisers, aiding The Parish House in dinner preparations, catering for a wedding rehearsal and they will also be catering the Fred Eberle Technical School graduation.

Furthermore, Cutright noted that ProStart is a nationwide two-year program that develops culinary and management skills for high school students. Cutright has also worked tirelessly to receive grants to update equipment for the program at the B-UHS. Cutright also elaborated that The Greenbrier has an internship program for culinary arts and that students in ProStart also receive college credit with a partnership through Fairmont State University.

All in attendance enjoyed the meal and presentation provided. Rotarians also discussed the need for volunteers for Field Day which will take place at the B-UHS field on Tuesday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Field Day will host an approximated 1,000 students from third, fourth and fifth grades in the area. The next Rotary meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 31.

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