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District student selected to feature healthy food with first lady

Jianna Garcia
Outgoing Providence Elementary School fifth-grader and incoming Navo Middle School sixth-grader Jianna Garcia has a knack for creating meals, and soon she’ll display that ability with first lady Michelle Obama.

Jianna was selected as the lone Texas representative of the 2015 Kids’ State Dinner, which showcases healthy meals created by children ages 8-12 from each U.S. state and territory as well as the District of Columbia. Nearly 1,000 children submitted recipes for the dinner this year through the PBS Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, with winners selected based on the healthiness, taste, originality and affordability of the meal, which had to follow the United States Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate recommendations.

For her entry, Jianna submitted a recipe consisting of a couscous salad with chicken, artichoke and lemon skewers as well as tangy Texas tzatziki.

Jianna will now attend the Kids’ State Dinner hosted by the first lady at the White House on Friday, July 10. A selection of winning recipes will be featured at the event, and the children will visit the White House Kitchen Garden during the trip. PBS will soon offer a free downloadable cookbook featuring recipes from Jianna and the other 54 winners.

The selection isn’t the first time Jianna’s cooking and nutrition prowess has been honored – in January, she was featured on Fox’s MasterChef Junior, competing against other young chefs from across the country.