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

2019 Recipient: Chef James Taylor, Columbus State Community College

2020 Recipient: Chef Vincenzo "Enzo" Sclama, Hocking College  



Schools of Distinction

A School of Distinction designation is bestowed upon schools that have 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.

A-Tech Ashtabula County Technical & Career Campus

Beachwood High School Excel TECC

Delaware Area Career Center

Euclid High School

Great Oaks Career Campus - Diamond Oaks

Jackson High School

Lancaster High School

Lima Senior High School

McKinley High School

Millstream Career Center

Ohio Valley Career & Technical Center

Penta Career Center

Pioneer Career & Technical Center

Sentinel Career & Technology Center

Tolles Career & Technical Center

Vanguard Career and Technology Center

Apollo Career Center

Ashland County West Holmes Career Center

Beachwood High School Excel TECC

Columbiana County Career & Technical Center

Jackson High School

Lancaster High School

Lima Senior High School

McKinley High School

Millstream Career Center

Normandy High School

Penta Career Center

Sentinel Career & Technology Center

Vanguard Career and Technology Center

Vantage Career Center

Apollo Career Center

Beachwood High School Excel TECC

Delaware Area Career Center

Jackson High School

Kenmore High School

Lancaster High School

Lima Senior High School

Millstream Career Center

Normandy High School

Penta Career Center

Pike County Career Technology Center

Pioneer Career & Technology Center

Polaris Career Center

R.G. Drage Career Technical Center

Sentinel Career & Technology Center

Tolles Career & Technical Center

Beachwood High School Excel Tec

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

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

Teachers 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.

Debra Bates - Lancaster High School

Janea Makowski - Penta Career Center

Russ Markwith - Vanguard Career & Technology Center

Gregg Needles - Tolles Career & Technical Center

Chris Olszewski - Polaris Career Center

Seth Weibel - Pioneer Career & Technical Center

Valerie Zeno - Sentinel Career & Technology Center

Debra Bates - Lancaster High School

Janea Makowski - Penta Career Center

Russ Markwith - Vanguard Career & Technology Center

Gregg Needles - Tolles Career & Technical Center

Chris Olszewski - Polaris Career Center

Seth Weibel - Pioneer Career & Technical Center

Valerie Zeno - Sentinel Career & Technology Center

Mark Mitrovich - Centerville High School

Debra Bates - Lancaster High School

Chris Olszewski - Polaris Career Center

Gwen Rose - Upper Valley Career Center

Marie Shaneyfelt - Upper Valley Career Center

Dennis Findley - R.G. Drage Career Technical Center

Janea Makowski - Penta Career Center

Anthony Head - Ponitz Career Technology Center

Valerie Zeno - Sentinel Career & Technology Center

Seth Weibel - Pioneer Career & Technical Center

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

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