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SNA Announces Winners of “Who’s Your School Breakfast Star?” Writing Contest

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May 2, 2013 – As part of National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) 2013, SNA organized a writing contest for students nationwide. After receiving more than 500 entries in the contest, panels of judges have selected three national winners:

  • Margaret Balich, a 5th grader from Pennsylvania
  • Madelyn Hone, an 8th grader from Washington
  • Bryan Starr, a 5th grader from Georgia

The winners will have their contest submissions published in School Nutrition magazine’s November 2013 issue and will receive prize packs from SNA. The contest asked students to write a written response to a question in two parts: “If you could eat school breakfast with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?” and “What healthy school breakfast food would you enjoy with them and why?”

The winning submissions from Margaret, Madelyn, and Bryan are posted below. To learn more about NSBW, visit

Margaret Balich submission:
If I could eat breakfast with anyone in the world, I would choose Mr. Fred Rogers. I would choose Mr. Rogers because he inspires me to be kind and respectful to everyone. He was a great, kind man and I would have loved to meet him. This is who I would like to eat breakfast with.

If I could share breakfast with Mr. Rogers, I would make him and me eggs, oatmeal, and yogurt with fresh strawberries. I would make this because eggs give you protein, oatmeal gives you whole grains, the yogurt gives you calcium, and the strawberries give you vitamins and minerals. This is what I would eat with Mr. Rogers.

Madelyn Hone submission:
If I could eat school breakfast with anyone in the whole world, it would have to be Missy Franklin, champion Olympic swimmer! I admire Missy, and her swimming. She is one of my heroes! I am a swimmer too, and it has always been a dream of mine to make it to the Olympics. If I could eat breakfast with Missy Franklin we could talk about our swimming. I would love to hear her tell me about her experiences, and it would be so cool to get some tips on swimming technique from her as well!

If Missy Franklin and I ate school breakfast together, we could have the yummy egg breakfast sandwiches. The egg sandwiches have protein in them, and we swimmers need protein to give us strength and muscle mass. We could also have fresh fruit like apples and oranges, to give us vitamins, carbs for energy, and fiber for a healthy digestive system. Lastly, Missy and I could drink milk to help us strengthen our muscles and bones!

Bryan Starr submission:
If I could eat breakfast with anyone I would choose a homeless kid. He/she would really need the good stuff for breakfast, because the homeless kid never gets to eat. It would make the homeless kid very happy. The homeless kid never gets to eat the good foods that we do every day. That would make the homeless kid and me very happy. It would be a win-win situation.

For the healthy school breakfast, I would choose a lot of stuff. For the main food it would be breakfast pizza. It is very delicious and healthy because of all the protein in it. Then the milk would be 1% milk. On the side there would be oranges. Oranges have lots of calcium so they would be good and healthy. Then there would also be toast with jelly. That would be a very good breakfast.

Preparing for ANC 2013: Taking Advantage of Education, Certification and Credentialing Opportunities

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May 1, 2013 – SNA wants you to take your career to the next level, and the Annual National Conference (ANC) is just the place to start!

The crux of the conference, the 90+ education sessions that run from Sunday, July 14, to Wednesday, July 17, are sure to engage, inform and excite you about the school nutrition profession. But go above and beyond by attending a pre-conference session* on Saturday, July 13. Topics include:

  • LEADING in Full Swing, focusing on taking risks and successful leadership in school nutrition. CEUs: 4; Key Area 3: Administration
  • Understanding the USDA Foods Program, an overview of how to make this significant program work efficiently in your school. CEUs: 4; Key Area 1: Operations
  • Financial Management, how to interpret financial operation decision and use a budget as an analysis tool for school nutrition directors. CEUs: 8; Key Area 3: Administration
  • USDA and State Agency Staff, a primer on how state agencies and the USDA can work effectively together. CEUs: 8; Key Area 3: Administration
  • Supervisory Skill Training for Managers, training on effective leadership. CEUs: 8; Key Area 3: Administration
  • Leadership Skills Needed Today, part of the Leadership Series that teaches necessary skills to combat industry challenges. CEUs: 4; Key Area 3: Administration
  • NSFMI’s Overview of the New Meal Pattern, ways to integrate requirement into your school lunch program. CEUs: 4; Key Area 2: Nutrition

These pre-conference sessions each offer between four and eight Continuing Education Units, all of which can be applied to becoming SNA certified or moving up a level in your certification. Becoming SNA certified adds credibility to your position and to your school's program. It is also a factor in attracting people to careers in school foodservice and nutrition.

Attendance at ANC also offers you CEUS – attending ANC in its entirety awards you 25 CEUS with the assumption that members will attend at least 25 hours’ worth of programming, including education sessions, general sessions, exhibits and more. However, if you can only attend partially, you still get credit: Attendance on July 14 awards you four CEUS, July 15 earns six CEUs, and July 16 awards eight CEUs and July 17 offers seven CEUs. Attending both pre-conference session and education sessions also earns you a number of Key Area Hours; check the official ANC Program Guide to determine how many you will earn.

Are you ready to earn the School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) credential? Sit for the SNS credentialing exam on Sunday, July 14, in Kansas City; the exam evaluates candidates’ knowledge and skills required to perform specific job activities related to managing or directing school nutrition programs. Members must meet all minimum requirements and pre-register by June 21, 2013.

For more information about certification or credentialing (including a handbook containing eligibility requirements and sample question), click here. To register for ANC 2013, visit

*Pre-conference session registration requires an additional fee.

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