Awards & Accolades 

Each year the Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA) host their annual Industry Awards Celebration held during the Mid-America Restaurant Expo. We spotlight leaders and professionals of Ohio’s restaurant and foodservice industry to honor their dedication, excellence and service to the industry, communities and beyond.

Outstanding Industry Educator

This award honors an educator who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the advancement of the Ohio foodservice industry.
2018 Recipient : Chef Chris Olszewski “Chef O”, Polaris Career Center

School of Distinction

A School of Distinction designation is bestowed upon a school that has at least 70% of their seniors enrolled in the ProStart program earn the industry certification (ProStart Certificate of Achievement) and at least 70% of all students enrolled passing the Level 1 and Level 2 exams in any given academic school year.

2015 -2016 Schools of Distinction

  • > Beachwood High School Excel Tecc
  • > Delaware Area Career Center
  • > Jackson High School
  • > Lancaster High School
  • > Lima Senior High School
  • > McKinley High School
  • > Millstream Career Center
  • > Polaris Career Center
  • > Sentinel Career & Technology Center
  • > Shaw High School
  • > Tolles Career & Technical Center

2014-2015 Schools of Distinction:

  • > Beachwood High School Excel Tech
  • > Buchtel High School
  • > Cuyahoga Valley Career Center
  • > Jackson High School
  • > Millstream Career Center
  • > Ohio Hi-Point Career Center
  • > Penta Career Center
  • > Scarlet Oaks Career Development Campus
  • > Sentinel Career & Technology Center
  • > Upper Valley Career Center
  • > West Shore Career & Technical Center

Teacher of Distinction

The teacher of distinction signifies the most engaged teachers in the Ohio ProStart program. They participate in the program to the fullest and maximize the education for their students. These teachers participate in the Ohio ProStart Invitational; submit student certification forms and scholarship applications to the Foundation annually; accesses Ohio ProStart supports; attends the annual Teachers Institute and Celebration of the Stars events; and completes all Foundation surveys and reports. These teachers are always willing to help improve and support the state and national ProStart program. We salute these Teachers of Distinction and thank them for their service.

2015-2016 Teachers of Distinction

  • > Debra Bates, Lancaster High School
  • > Thomas Blike, South Stark Career Academy
  • > Dennis Finley, R.G. Drage Career Technical Center
  • > David Hay, Springfield-Clark Career & Technical Center
  • > Janea Makowski, Penta Career Center
  • > Mark Mitrovich, Centerville High School
  • > Chris Olszewski, Polaris Career Center
  • > Seth Weibel, Pioneer Career Center
  • > Valerie Zeno, Sentinel Career & Technology Center

2015-2016 Teachers of Distinction

  • > Patricia Bace - Delaware Area Career Center
  • > Debra Bates - Lancaster High School
  • > Brooke Dionisio - Columbus Downtown High School
  • > Dennis Finley - R.G. Drage Career Center
  • > Barbara Hummer - Cuyahoga Valley Career Center
  • > Christopher Johnson - Scarlet Oaks Career Development Campus
  • > Janea Makowski - Penta Career Center
  • > Mark Mitrovich - Centerville High School
  • > Gregg Needles - Tolles Career & Technical Center
  • > Chris Olszewski - Polaris Career Center
  • > Sharon Pallas - South-Western Career Academy
  • > Gwen Rose - Upper Valley Career Center
  • > Marie Shaneyfelt - Upper Valley Career Center
  • > Seth Weibel - Pioneer Career Center