Minnesota high school student introduces new lunch items

Eagan High School senior Erik Hillesheim took part in a mentorship program this year to learn hands-on marketing experience.

Dec. 12—It doesn’t get much more hands-on than egg rolls and scrunchable fruit smoothies.

For Eagan High School senior Erik Hillesheim, participating in a mentorship class this fall provided valuable time with a professional at Bloomington-based Schwan’s Food Service while giving him hands-on marketing experience.

Last month, as part of a project for the class, Hillesheim directed his attention to the school cafeteria. He worked with his mentor and cafeteria staff to introduce several new menu items, including egg rolls and General Tso’s chicken stir-fry.

The school also began serving some fruit smoothies he pitched, which kids can “smush up” with their hands, he said.