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Kagman student invited to White House

AN incoming sixth grader of Kagman Elementary School has been invited to a state dinner at the White House next month after her recipe was chosen from over a thousand entrees in the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.

Esther Huh

Esther Huh will join 53 other winners from across the nation on Aug. 19 at the state dinner hosted by first lady Michelle Obama.

Huh received a notification from, the first lady’s office, and the U.S. Department of Education informing her that her recipe — Pitaya Healthy Salad — was declared the winner from the CNMI.

Over 1,200 recipes were submitted to the contest which aims to promote healthy lunches and as part of the initiative to end childhood obesity.

“We loved reading through the stories and sampling all the delicious lunches.  Your recipe was particularly impressive, as it was creative, tasted great, and most importantly, was healthy, so that’s why in a recent judging, we picked yours as the best from your state,” the contest organizers told Huh.

She is now waiting for a packet in the mail containing details about the event, the dress code and other information.

The students’ entrees were evaluated at the D.C. Central Kitchen by a panel of judges that included White House assistant chef Sam Kass; Chef José Andrés; Marshall and Alex Reid, authors of “Portion Size Me”; Epicurious editor-in-chief Tanya Steel; and representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Education.

The winning recipes will be available in a free downloadable e-cookbook — at the contest website,,, and — which will include pictures from the state dinner.

Huh said that she is very excited to learn that her recipe won.

“My parents helped me come up with the recipe and we prepared it and took pictures which I sent for my entry,” she said.

Daniel Huh, Esther’s father who is also the president of Kagman Community Center, said he and his wife are very proud of their daughter’s achievements.

The state dinner invitation will only pay for the airfare of the winner and one parent, but Mr. Huh said he and his wife will accompany their daughter.

“Esther is our only child and we would both want to be there with her on this very rare moment,” Mr. Huh said.

Esther Huh also attended the People to People Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. last March 27 to April 1.