Class of 2018 Spotlight: Culinary college dream comes true for aspiring chef

Class of 2018 Spotlight: Culinary college dream comes true for aspiring chef

Above, Franki Bellhouse is flanked by Banning High School Principal Rudy Mendoza and culinary arts teacher Mary McAlpine.

This is part of a series of stories about outstanding graduates of the Class of 2018.  

Franki Bellhouse-Garcia

By Mary McAlpine
Culinary Arts Teacher
Phineas Banning High School

Phineas Banning High School is pleased to announce that graduating senior Franki Bellhouse-Garcia has been awarded two scholarships totaling nearly $130,000 by the Careers through Culinary Arts Programs. He received a full-tuition scholarship of $128,364 from Johnson & Wales University, as well as the $1,500 Richard Grausman Scholarship.

The Careers through Culinary Arts Programs (C-CAP) is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 by cookbook author and educator Richard Grausman. C-CAP has operated for 25 years, helping students and graduates further pursue their education and careers in the Culinary Arts field. One of their ways of helping is the C-CAP Preliminary and Final Competition.

Franki participated in the preliminary competition at the Art Institute in Hollywood on March 3, and the final competition at L.A. Mission College on May 18. These competitions allowed Franki to display his culinary, sanitation, and plate-presentation skills, which he learned during Match Academy Labs at Banning High School. These labs were held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays for three consecutive months. His hard work and perseverance paid off, earning him the opportunity to attend the renowned culinary program at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, Fla.

He will be the first one in his household to graduate from high school, as well as the first to attend college – a dream which can seem impossible for students in low-income communities.

During his years at Banning, Franki was mentored by culinary arts teacher Mary McAlpine. She devoted her time, energy and money to ensure his success. Franki also received support from his family and Chefs Sal Avila and Heidi Colin, who are graduates of the C-CAP program. We are all proud of Franki for his amazing accomplishment.


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LAUSD Shines

UCLA high school volunteer wins state Science Fair – UCLA/Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

School nurses are essential in meeting students’ health needs – California Educator

Honoring ArTES teacher Nicole Mathis-Berman –

28,000 L.A. preschoolers are learning how to be better humans – KPCC-98.3

Students get hands-on training at Dignity Northridge Hospital – Daily News

The Wildgrove Wildlands help city kids connect with the natural world – The Argonaut

lluminating science for blind students, with help from latest tech devices – EdSource

Computer science education a ‘growing movement’ in Los Angeles Unified – EdScoop

Q&A with Interim Superintendent Vivian Ekchian – The Pearl Post (Daniel Pearl Communications Magnet)

Military veterans recruited for teaching positions – KABC-Channel 7

Emerging LA filmmakers create short films with small budgets and big ideas – Apple Newsroom

CSTA and announce the 2017 Champions for Computer Science – Medium magazine

How L.A. Unified Cultivates Districtwide Digital Citizenship – Common Sense Education

Around the world, and earning all A’s – The Newport (R.I.) Daily News

LAUSD, IBU and DAS Collaborate to Create the New Merchant Mariner Apprenticeship Program – Apprenticeship/California Department of Industrial Relations

Opinion: Students accepted through preferred gender pronouns – Los Angeles Times Insider

These 10 L.A. high schools are the best at getting their graduates to college – Los Angeles Times

Now San Pedro Schools Came Through for Texas Hurricane Victims – Daily Breeze

LAUSD Making a Comeback with Instructional Technology – Converge Magazine

Dr. Frances Gipson honored as Top 30 Award recipient – Converge Magazine

Refusing to Leave Anyone Behind, Teacher Unites Kids of All Abilities for Special Education Event –

New EdD in Educational Leadership graduate Michelle King named National Superintendent of the Year – USC Rossier School of Education

Pin Up, Don’t Shut Up – Public High School Art for the Scapegoats of Humanity – Random Lengths Magazine

East Bay Softball Inks Catcher Desiree Jimmy – Cal State East Bay Pioneers Athletics

California Highway Patrol flips pancakes and scrambles eggs for Dorsey High School Law Magnet Students – Los Angeles Sentinel

California Teacher of the Year from North Hills to throw first pitch at Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles Daily News

Cleveland High band program marches on after years with no teacher, little money – Los Angeles Daily News

Valley View Elementary turns 100, as will dozens of other LAUSD schools in the next five years  – LASchoolReport

10 Dedicated and Deserving Social Workers includes L.A. Unified’s Verónica Obregón – Social Work Today

‘Cool Kid’ Camille Ng spreads warmth to kids in need – KABC-7

LAUSD Schools get new gyms through UCLA Health’s ‘Sound Body Sound Mind’ program – KABC-7

LAPD officers spread holiday cheer at Van Nuys elementary school – Los Angeles Daily News

Burrowing Owl delights students, staff at urban school –

Essay: The Translated Life, From Immigrant to Valedictorian. – NBC News

Dorsey students complete College Board pilot class. – L.A. Sentinel

Girls Academic Leadership Academy: A unique opportunity.– Jewish Journal

Modern Trades: The rise of continuing tech education. – KPCC

West Valley Occupational Center celebrates 50 years. – Los Angeles Daily News

Linked Learning the focus of innovative high school. – Education Writers of America

How high-schoolers channel the drama of middle school experience into dramatic performance. – KPCC

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Music, arts programs at LA schools increasing after years of decline. – Los Angeles Daily News

Coeur d’Alene Elementary: One school’s journey towards instructional excellence. – Cotsen Foundation

Video: Venice High School celebrates top seniors. Yo Venice

Student identity through the arts. Huffington Post

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