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Hillsborough students lead class with recipes

TAMPA - Briana Reed will be treating her classmates to an award-winning recipe today. The Potter Elementary School fifth-grader will be creating a delicious masterpiece she calls "Briana's Surprise." It contains strawberries, green apple, oranges, mango, fat-free banana pudding and reduced fat milk. Briana, 12, was one of three Hillsborough County School District students whose recipes were picked as the best of the best recently. Other winners were first-grader Brice Stevenson of Citrus Park Elementary and third-grader Thaddeus Bencomo of DeSoto Elementary. The contest was sponsored by the district's student nutrition services and Radio Disney as part of an effort to encourage children to eat more healthy foods.
"We've very excited that someone from our class won," said Rhonda Glover, one of Briana's teachers at Potter. "We encourage them to eat healthier," Glover said. "It's better than eating all those potato chips or starting off a day with candy. It's kind of like drinking coffee, you are on that high and then you have that crash." Brice's entry was a hot dog without the hot dog or the bun. Called "Hot Dog, Hot Dog, Hot Diggity Dog Dessert," it features kiwi, strawberries, raspberries, pineapple and angel food cake to resemble a hot dog and french fries. Thaddeus, meanwhile, designed a creation called "Energy Balls." Comprised of walnuts, chocolate chips, dates and pretzels, it also uses peanut butter to provide a high-energy and healthy snack. The three winners were picked from among 30 entries across the school district. Each contestant had to provide a recipe, a photo of the finished product and an essay explaining what makes his or her dessert healthy and why it's important to have healthy eating habits.

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