Students taste, vote on cafeteria items (video)
June 15, 2013 at 1:15 a.m.
Updated June 16, 2013 at 1:16 a.m.
Whole grain cereal, packets of celery and carrots, breakfast pizza and blended vegetable drinks lined the borders of the Victoria West High School cafeteria.
Students and staff waited in line to taste food vendor samples at the Victoria school district annual food show.
"We've had the food show for the past 12 years," said Dana Bigham, the district's child nutrition director.
Bigham implemented the show to get a better idea of what students wanted on the cafeteria menu.
"If it's voted on the most, it'll be there," Bigham said.
Large, aluminum cans wrapped in red construction paper with food labels rested on the black vendor tables.
About 13 vendors - including General Mills, Kellogg's, Campbell's, Schwan's and the National Food Group - showcased their products at the show.
Victoria East High School students held their own food show the day before. With their votes combined with VWHS votes, Bigham said the district would determine the victors over the next few weeks.
Students stood in line patiently waiting to fill their trays with fish sticks, V8 Splash, whole wheat pizza and pulled pork sliders.
Junior Alexa Misak, 16, bit into a wad of macaroni and cheese from a white plastic fork.
"It tastes like real cheese, and I like that," Alexa said. "It's important that what they give us is real and not fake."
Although she usually misses breakfast, freshman Micaela Ortiz, 15, said she might make an extra effort to eat in the morning.
"I like the breakfast pizza," Micaela said. "I usually come in the mornings, but I don't get to eat breakfast, but I think now I'm going to start eating breakfast because it's really good."
Ice cream, brownie bites and hot buffalo nuggets crowded on 17-year-old sophomore Henry Ceballos' plate.
"We eat the same thing here every year," Henry said. "I think it's pretty cool how they have all this and are letting us vote on what we actually want to eat."