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Wilson County Schools take top honors at state nutrition conference

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From left: Melody Turner, Wilson County Schools nutrition director; Alisa Pierce, nutrition manager at Wilson Central High School; Sarah White, executive director of the Tennessee School Nutrition Association; and Lanna Kirk, director of the U.S. Departme

Several Wilson County Schools' Nutrition Department employees brought home honors from the Tennessee School Nutrition Association's (TSNA) annual conference in Gatlinburg earlier this month.
Alisa Pierce, nutrition manager at Wilson Central High School (WCHS), and her staff won first place in the Tennessee Best Practice competition for increasing breakfast participation by opening the Second Chance Breakfast Store.
"Her state-level entry was also sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Atlanta to compete with seven other states in the Southeast region," School Nutrition Director for Wilson County Schools Melody Turner said. "Again, Mrs. Pierce and her team took top honors in the Southeast region. Also, last November, they were recognized by the Southeast Dairy Council for their efforts to increase breakfast participation."
Additionally, Shaundreka Moore from WCHS won the Helen B. Smith Spirit Award at the state convention. Turner said the award is given to a school nutrition non-management employee "who is dedicated, well-respected and always goes the extra mile to ensure the success of the School Nutrition program."
Kathy Drummond and the staff from Stoner Creek Elementary School won fourth place in the Health Now award for increasing fruit and vegetable consumption at Stoner Creek.
"Her Try-day Friday was a big hit with the students," Turner said. "All students were allowed to sample vegetables, such as roasted Brussel sprouts with cherry tomatoes, fresh roasted summer and zucchini squash, ripe, juicy pears and other items throughout the school year. The students always enjoyed the Try-day Friday activities."
Jody Hill, manager at West Wilson Middle School, graduated from the TSNA's Culinary Specialist program, while Tasha Keller from Mt. Juliet High School graduated from the TSNA Leadership Academy.
Velva Gray, president of the Wilson County School Nutrition Association, won the Thelma Flanagan Gold Achievement Award for her efforts to "raise the bar" and move the school nutrition program forward in accordance with the TSNA Strategic Plan.
"I am extremely proud of the winners and all of our School Nutrition employees. They work very hard every day to feed the children of Wilson County, and they are all winners in my book," Turner said.

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