3 local students headed to White House for healthy eating creations

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
3 local kids White House-bound for healthy eating creations
Michelle Charlesworth has the latest details.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Three students from the Tri-State area will be paying a visit to the White House after winning Michelle Obama's Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide recipe challenge for kids that promotes cooking and healthy eating as part of the first lady's Let's Move! initiative.

Winners representing all U.S. states, five territories, and the District of Columbia will attend a "State Dinner" at the White House, hosted by Mrs. Obama, on July 14. The 56 aspiring young chefs and a parent or guardian will join the first lady for a healthy lunch, featuring a selection of the winning recipes, followed by a visit to the White House Kitchen Garden.

Representing New York will be Pound Ridge 10-year-old Danielle Mazlish, who created a recipe for Chicken Cheeseball Kabobs on Veggie Spaghetti.

Eight-year-old Gianna Malecki, of Cranford, was the New Jersey winner with her recipe for Salmon Paradise.

And out of Windsor, Connecticut, comes 10-year-old Kalaya Moody, who bested the competition with her recipe for Springtime Lunchtime.

"For the last five years, kids across the country have cooked up nutritious and delicious dishes as part of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, and each year, I continue to be impressed by their talent and creativity," Michelle Obama said. "Kids are truly embracing and enjoying healthy eating and preparing healthy meals for their families, and I look forward to meeting this year's winners here at the White House for the Kids' 'State Dinner' and trying some of their tasty creations."

The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, in conjunction with PBS flagship station WGBH Boston, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is open to 8 to 12-year-olds across the nation, who are invited to create a healthy, affordable, original and delicious lunch recipe. Entrants were encouraged to reference ChooseMyPlate.gov to ensure recipes met the USDA's recommended nutrition guidance by representing each of the food groups, either in one dish or as parts of a lunch meal, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy.

The winners and featured recipes include:

-- ALABAMA: Green Chicken Wrap and Fruit-tacular Salad, Lael Jefferson, Age 11

-- ALASKA: Wrapped Alaska Denali Style and Spinach Smoothie, Denali Schijvens, Age 9

-- AMERICAN SAMOA: Breadfruit, Taro, and Garlic Chicken Trio, Amelie Chen, Age 9

-- ARIZONA: Scarlet's Southwest Barack-A-Bowl, Scarlet Summers, Age 10

-- ARKANSAS: Asian in Arkansas, Lily Radtke, Age 11

-- CALIFORNIA: Cannon's California Rolls, Cannon Meiers, Age 8

-- COLORADO: Hannah's Sweet and Savory Chicken and Peaches, Hannah Skalicky, Age 10

-- CONNECTICUT: Springtime Lunchtime, Kalaya Moody, Age 10

-- DELAWARE: Caribbean Fiesta!, Jamal Bin-Yusif, Age 11

-- FLORIDA: Bountiful Florida Fish "BFF" Cakes, Olivia LaRochelle, Age 12

-- GEORGIA: Spaghetti Squash and Turkey Bolognese, Jackson Kelly, Age 8

-- GUAM: Quinoa-Crusted Katsu Curry with Cauliflower Rice, Grayson Giles, Age 8

-- HAWAII: Poke Me Ke Aloha, Kaira Grace Pan, Age 9

-- IDAHO: Super Stars and Stripes Salmon Patty, Jacob Russell, Age 8

-- ILLINOIS: West Wing Chicken with Secret Service Noodles, Maggie Smith, Age 11

-- INDIANA: Chicken Tikka Pita with Cucumber Raita, Shakthi Ramachandran, Age 8

-- IOWA: American Gothic Calzones, Lola Shorney, Age 11

-- KANSAS: Lentil Tacos with Cilantro-Avocado Drizzle, Joey Heidari, Age 12

-- KENTUCKY: One Bag Bluegrass Bake!, Will Bingham, Age 10

-- LOUISIANA: Sweet Savory Dip-tastic Louisiana Power Lunch, Owen Osborne, Age 8

-- MAINE: Quinoa Chickpea Salmon Rolls with Salad, Scout Bookham, Age 8

-- MARYLAND: Maryland Crab Lettuce Cups, Colby Trenor, Age 9

-- MASSACHUSETTS: Fit to Run Boston Marathon Cod-Potato Cake, Abby Newman, Age 10

-- MICHIGAN: Super Stuffed Squash, Ethan Yodzevicis, Age 10

-- MINNESOTA: Alexandra's Refreshing Watermelon Salad, Alexandra Steele, Age 9

-- MISSISSIPPI: Kickin' Cauliflower Shrimp and Grits, Aniya Madkin, Age 10

-- MISSOURI: Tropical Vacation with Catfish and Quinoa, Abhijith Jenkins, Age 11

-- MONTANA: Bison in a Field, Brooke DuCharme, Age 8

-- NEBRASKA: Tasty Veggie Tacos, Lauren Hinrichs, Age 10

-- NEVADA: Veggie-Packed Indian Lentils, Skylar McGough, Age 8

-- NEW HAMPSHIRE: Teeny Zucchini Triangular Panini, Jude VanderHooven, Age 8

-- NEW JERSEY: Gianna's Salmon Paradise, Gianna Malecki, Age 8

-- NEW MEXICO: Green Chili Cheese Roll and Lime Jicama Fries, McLean Knight, Age 10

-- NEW YORK: Chicken Cheeseball Kabobs on Veggie Spaghetti, Danielle Mazlish, Age 10

-- NORTH CAROLINA: Korean Lentil Patties, Mena Choi, Age 10

-- NORTH DAKOTA: Red Potato Boat with 3 Bean Bison Chili, Stella Halverson, Age 8

-- NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS: Chicken Kebab Lettuce Wraps, Fanai Staffler, Age 9

-- OHIO: Chicken Sausage Cauliflower Crust Pizza, Wyatt Rosengarten, Age 9

-- OKLAHOMA: Okie Pride Brown Rice with Chicken and Vegetables, Maya Jacob, Age 10

-- OREGON: All Kale Caesar!, Hannah Conte, Age 12

-- PENNSYLVANIA: Sunny's Omelette and Bo's Patriotic Parfait, Ava Terosky, Age 9

-- PUERTO RICO: Oat! My Tropical Pizza, Victor Junniel Rivera, Age 10

-- RHODE ISLAND: Peace in the Middle East Soup and Salad, Pablo Aizenman, Age 10

-- SOUTH CAROLINA: Carolina Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Salsa, Kiana White, Age 12

-- SOUTH DAKOTA: Catch of the Day Fish Tacos, Josh Weissenberger, Age 11

-- TENNESSEE: Awesome Baked Falafel with Mango Salsa, Leya Alani, Age 9

-- TEXAS: Tex-Mex Veg-Head Lasagna, Priya Patel, Age 10

-- U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS: Healthy Chicken, Orin Hayes, Age 12

-- UTAH: American Flag Ravioli in Creamy Garden Sauce, Daniela Bergantz, Age 10

-- VERMONT: Go Local Lunch!, Miranda Gallagher, Age 8

-- VIRGINIA: Victory at Yorktown, Kathryn Duvall, Age 10

-- WASHINGTON: Salish Sea Kedgeree, Lukas Anderson, Age 10

-- WASHINGTON, D.C.: D.I.Y. Sushi, Elena Sotobashi, Age 8

-- WEST VIRGINIA: Grace's Supermeal: Cool Couscous and Berry Healthy Dessert, Grace Landini, Age 12

-- WISCONSIN: Wisconsin Cranberry Chickpea Salad, Raya El-Hajjar, Age 8

-- WYOMING: Chicken and Veggie Salad, Hannah Andreen, Age 11

The full list of winners and recipes can be found online at PBS.org/lunchtimechallenge. Additionally, a free downloadable and printable e-cookbook of the winning recipes, including nutritional analyses and photos, will be available on July 14.