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October 14, 2013

Whopping contest

Kaitlynd Lear scores 19th place in national Whopper-making tournament

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Lear also attended a Coca-Cola party with company executives to celebrate a job well done.

The teen said one of her favorite parts was the freedom she got to experience in a different city.

“It was fun going [to Miami] by myself. I learned a lot about doing things on my own. I had to find my flights by myself, get my luggage, get on the shuttle and find my hotel,” Lear said. “There were things you could do with the group or I could be completely on my own; everything was my own choice. It was really nice.”

Lear’s ambition for life sizzles more than anything from Burger King’s menu. The teen doesn’t hold back excitement for her present life or future life and proves hard work can take you to some unexpected places.

“After talking with the CEO, I saw how I could take that experience [at the competition] and where I work and put it in the corporate side of Burger King. They’re [headquartered] in Florida and that’s a long way away, but it was a cool experience,” Lear said.

And that “best excuse ever heard” didn’t set her back.

“I met with my professors during their office hours and made everything up,” Lear said.

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