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School dessert ranks third in state contest

Helen Sellars Helen Sellars
Myra Akridge Myra Akridge
CAIRO, GA (WALB) - A Georgia elementary school nutritionist has gained statewide attention for her award winning dessert. And even though it's her original recipe, she says her cafeteria colleagues are the real reasons behind the recipe's success.

Helen Sellars has been a school nutritionist at Cairo's Southside Elementary School for nine years. She says cooking for others has always been a passion of hers. "Well, I've always done it. And I just take whatever I have and just run with it. I use whatever I have," said School Nutritionist Helen Sellars.

This strategy led her to win first place in this year's Georgia School Nutrition Association's district competition in Moultrie. "I made a peanut butter bar, a glazed peanut butter bar," said Sellars.

A delicious dessert that scored third place in the statewide competition in Tucker, Georgia. "I had no idea, no idea!" she said.

Cafeteria Manager Myra Akridge encourages her staff to enter these competitions; saying it sparks creativity and also showcases their skills.

"It's great that our women do go out and participate because lunchrooms do not get the recognition sometimes that they should get. And we have some great people here and great cooks here," said Cafeteria Manager Myra Akridge.

Sellars calls themselves a "team," refusing to take all the credit for her award. "It's not just me, it's not just them, we all are winners. And I'm glad that we brought it home," said Sellars.

The now-famous peanut butter bar may be added to next year's menu. And while many kids may be even harsher critics than the competition judges, Sellars says these students always love her food.



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