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Oak Ridge High School Hotel Magnet Students Win National Title

Student teams from around the country competed in the fifth annual National Lodging Management Competition sponsored by the American Hotel and Lodging Association Educational Institute. Oak Ridge High School in Orange County won first place in the competition held April 9 – 11, 2008, at the Shades of Green Resort at Walt Disney World.

Team members Heather Boesch, D’Andria Brown, Linda Ortiz-Nguyen and Zeljana Tintor won the title of “national” winners. Each student was also awarded $25,000 worth of scholarships to noted hospitality colleges such as San Diego State University, Johnson & Wales and the University of Houston.

Competition included a knowledge bowl where they must be skilled in hospitality/lodging terms, the planning of a banquet complete with theme, floor plan, menu, invitations and cost analysis and advanced knowledge of hotel operations.

In the fall, the students travel to the International Hotel/Motel and Restaurant Show in New York City.