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Salute to Excellence Awards demonstrate students’ enthusiasm for rewarding and successful tourism and hospitality career.

Two Maroochydore State High School students have been recognised for their dedication to excellence in food and beverage, cookery and tourism training at the Salute to Excellence Awards.  Congratulations to Mitchell Dickson, who received 1st prize (two weeks' work experience at Aria Restaurant) in the Tourism section and runner-up, Codie Sullivan, who received a $200 Aria dining voucher and a one day Allison Taafe Cooking School program and cookbook for his efforts.

The Awards were announced during a presentation ceremony at Royal on the Park (Brisbane) on Friday 25 July, attended by special guest the Hon. John-Paul Langbroek MP, Minister for Education, Training and Employment. The annual Salute to Excellence Awards program is managed by Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) to celebrate outstanding achievement among Year 12 students from Queensland’s state, independent and catholic secondary schools. The group of student participants undertaking stand-alone vocation education and training or a school-based traineeship in Queensland were judged by a panel of industry leaders representing Queensland’s tourism and hospitality sectors.
Shortlisted finalists attended a Skills Test Day in June at Southbank Institute of Technology which comprised an interview, theory test and practical evaluation.
The QTIC Salute to Excellence Awards program is proudly supported by major partners BUSY At Work and One Step Further.