Eight members of the Sulphur Bluff Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Chapter participated in the State FCCLA Leadership Conference in Dallas, April 6-8.
The conference included state STAR Event competitions, Family and Consumer Sciences Assessments, and showcasing chapter projects.
The state team included Katelyn Allen, Emily Guajardo, Hailey Halbert, Karlie Self, Harrison Fite, Dalton Miller, Casey Davis and Tyler Cannon.
Region III state qualifiers Katelyn Allen and Emily Guajardo competed in Fashion Construction, an individual STAR event in which contestants use new materials to create a garment or ensemble that dresses both the upper and lower body of a child or an adult, using at least eight of 15 possible fashion construction techniques. Students must prepare a display, sample garment and an oral presentation. Guajardo placed fourth out of 30 entries in the senior category.
Also Region III state qualifiers Harrison Fite and Dalton Miller were competitors in the Recycle and Redesign senior category. This too is an individual event in which participants select a used fashion, home or other postconsumer item to recycle into a new product. Fite placed fourth out of 30 entries.
In FCSAs, Casey Davis received a bronze rating for Job Interview testing and Tyler Cannon received a silver rating for Etiquette testing. FCSAs are objective tests given to FCCLA members at fall leadership training, regional FCCLA meetings and at the state FCCLA meeting. Students may test at all meetings, but may only take one test at each. There are 12 possible assessments students can test in. Students receive gold, silver and broze medals or participation certificates based on their scores on those tests. Students must score 85-100 for a gold medal, 70-84 for a silver, 55-69 for bronze, and 0-54 for a certificate.
Hailey Halbert entered “Spotlight on Projects” with a display illustrating the chapter project, “Snug As A Bug In A Rug,” depicting the chapter members making children’s quilts and blankets to donate to cchildren’s hospitals.
Karlie Self was the coordinator for the state service learning project, “A Case for a Happy Face: Jonathan’s Place.” FCCLA members were tasked with creatively decorating an empty copy paper box with this year’s theme. Then, they had to fill the box with a minimum of 20 listed items in either school supplies or toiletries category. Self collected school supplies that were collected at the meeting, then donated to a children’s shelter in the Dallas area.
Katelyn Allen, a senior, was presented the “Go For The Red Scholarship” from the FCCLA, Texas Association during the first general session of the meeting.
The Sulphur Bluff delegates were among 4,000 members from across Texas that attended the conference.
The chapter will celebrate their successful year at an awards banquet, May 8.
— Compiled from information provided by Janie Vandiver, Sulphur Bluff FCCLA advisor, and Texas FCCLA and FCCLA Inc.
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