Of the nine students from Sulphur Bluff competing at the state Family, Career and Community Leaders of America State Leadership Conference, one qualified for nationals in STAR events, four medaled in Leadership Enhancement Opportunities, one served as a voting delegate, another served as a regional officer and one parent was recognized.
Casey Gore once again wowed with the dress and cape he constructed. The SB junior again captured first place honors at the state meet, which qualifies him to compete at the national FCCLA competition in fashion construction. His project earned the top score among 22 entries.
Gore will not be attending the national conference, however, due to another FCCLA opportunity he was selected for earlier this month. He is one of only 14 FCCLA students selected to participate in FCCLA’s Japanese Exchange Program. He plans to take advantage of the $9,000 scholarship opportunity to spend six weeks with a host family in Japan. The scholarship is funded by Kikkoman Corporation and administered by Youth for Understanding USA, a non-profit international exchange organization. He will have orientation for the exchange program almost as soon as school is out; the national FCCLA convention is being held while he’s away. While competing at nationals is a big deal, Gore has opted to take advantage of the once in a lifetime opportunity available to him through the exchange program. As a junior, he’ll have next year to try again for nationals with a project.
Sarah Williams also competed with 28 other entries in the Recycle and Redesign category with her comic book dress; she advanced to state with a first place win in the category at the Region III contest. Kadee Anderson also competed in the state contest in illustrated talk; Anderson qualified by placing fifth at the Region II contest. Both received high ratings at state, though they did not make the top score.
Four students received gold medals and one a bronze in the LEOs tests. Kendra Jock rated gold in job interview and Skylar Evans gold with creed, mission, purposes, while Megan Self and Judy Brown each rated gold in etiquette. Angie Alvarez rated bronze in consumer math.
Katelyn McDonald has served as a Region III officer and worked with all the other officers from across the state to help put the plans in place. Megan Self also served as the chapter’s voting delegate for the house of delegates session.
During the second general session, Margarett McDonald was recognized on stage along with other individuals from across the state with an honorary membership to the FCCLA organization. During the last general session, Katelyn McDonald was recognized with other region officers.
“A tremendous amount of effort and hard work has been shown by these members, and they are all winners. They have given their best, and I commend them for their success,” stated Janie Vandiver.
About 4,000 FCCLA members from across Texas participated in the FCCLA State Leadership meeting at the Sheraton Hotel in Dallas April 11-13. The theme of the meeting was “FCCLA-Producing Leaders.” The meeting agenda included state competition in STAR Events, general sessions, workshops and the house of delegates.
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