Cal Ripken, Jr. Kicks Off ANC 2005


CalRipken, Jr. Kicks Off ANC 2005

Cal Ripkin, Jr. - ANC 2005July 18, 2005 - Cal Ripken, Jr. kicked off the 59th Annual National Conference with an insightful look at perseverance. The Hall of Fame-bound Baltimore Orioles’ shortstop and third baseman outlined the eight traits he believes are the key to success:

  1. The right approach
  2. Strong will to succeed
  3. Passion
  4. Love to compete
  5. Consistency
  6. Conviction
  7. Strength
  8. Life management

Before voluntarily ending his streak, Ripkin shattered Lou Gehrig’s record for 2,130 consecutive games played with an astonishing 2,632 games.  

The SNA Annual National Conference held July 17 – 20, 2005, features over 6,500 child nutrition and school foodservice industry professionals participating in over 100 workshops and the school nutrition industry’s largest exhibit hall.

Additional events on the first day of the conference also included the Parade of States, Education Sessions, an Inspirational Service, and the State Awards Ceremony. In addition to state award winners, three SNA members received national recognition on Sunday, July 17, 2005, for their superior accomplishments in the school nutrition arena.

  • Outstanding School Foodservice Director of the Year was awarded to Demetrious Giovas, Student Nutrition Director for Gadsden Independent Schools in Anthony, New Mex.  An SNA member for over 12 years, Giovas oversees the school nutrition program in this rural district of 20 schools.
  • Louis Sublette Award of Excellence went to Esther Huffman, foodservice manager at Searcy McRae Elementary in Searcy School District, Ar. Huffman was recognized for increasing school breakfast participation by 35% in a severe need school with 51% of students qualifying for free or reduced meals.
  • Heart of the Program was awarded to Sharon Sheffield, food assistant at Julia P. Bryant Elementary School in Bulloch County School District. Sheffield was recognized for going well beyond the call of duty.


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