The Sulphur Bluff students competing in STAR Events competition at the regional meet did well enough to advance to the state Family, Career and Community Leaders of America contest. Two students and an individual were also recognized and another student presided over the house of delegates at the Jan. 30-31 meet.
Three STAR Events teams earned first place honors at the Region III FCCLA Leadership Meeting. Jackson Dailey and Ester Marquez earned first place for their Focus on Children Project, while Minerva Marquez and Jackie Blake took top honors in life event planning. Twelve schools participated in Focus on Children Junior and Occupationally Specific Event, including Sulphur Bluff and Cooper High schools.
Jackson Dailey and Ester Marquez presented the FCCLA Chapter project “Read Across the Bluff” using an informative speech and a display board. The title of their STAR Event was “Discover Treasures in Reading,” and the category they entered was “Focus on Children.” They decided that the category “Focus on Children” was a perfect choice because the project was completely focused on influencing children to read and creating good role models for reading. Their display board was decorated with digital photographs as well as information concerning how the project was planned and carried out. The speech explained how FCCLA members planned a day of reading in five areas which they called “islands of reading.” The islands of reading were decorated with Dr. Seuss, Corduroy, Mystery, Pirates and Space themes. Their speech was finalized by using the acronym TREASURE: T-team work, R-role models, E-enthusiasm, A-attention, S-special reading, U-understanding, R-rewarding, E-excitement. The team was rewarded for their hard work when they won first place at the Region III meeting in Plano.
Minerva Marquez and Jackie Blake prepared a project for the FCCLA Regional Convention called the “Million Dollar Baby.” For this project they had to calculate how much parents would be out in expenses caring for a baby for the first year. The research included assigning income to a family, budgeting how much the family could spend on a baby, and doing comparison shopping for baby supplies to find the best quality for the best price. They had to compile all of the prices for everything from health care to baby clothes and figure the total economic toll of caring for a new baby. All the hard work on the portfolio and the display board paid off at the Regional Convention, where they took first place in Life Event Planning.
Dustin Lawson and Michelle Davila earned second place honors for entrepreneurship. Eleven schools were signed up for the entrepreneurship event Jan. 30, including Sulphur Bluff, Caddo Mills, Sherman, Winnsboro and John Tyler High Schools.
The entrepreneurship contest is a team event that recognizes participants who develop a plan for a small business using family and consumer science skills and sound business practices. Participants must prepare a written business plan, which they are not required to have implemented, and present an oral presentation describing the business and plan for implementing it before three judges, according to Davila.
“The first thing we did was come up with our name, Lime Kisses, and our philosophy, ‘Eco-friendly with Every Kiss.’ While working on our portfolio, we decided that Lime Kisses would be a safe, eco-friendly café/game room for teens and adults to socialize. Once that was decided, the rest just came together,” Davila said.
“We worked on our advertising, making flyers, sending postcards, business cards, newspaper ads and a website. We then put one whole portfolio together. In our portfolio, it is divided into 11 parts: FCCLA planning process; business description; facility; supplies and equipment; organizational chart; personnel management; funding for business; budget; laws, regulations, and codes; advertising and recruitment; and works cited/bibliography,” she explained.
Jaime Formoso and Ashley Hale were both also recognized for their third place individual finishes, Formoso in fashion design and Hale in illustrated talk at the regional meet. Seventeen schools had student teams signed up for the senior illustrate talk, including Sulphur Bluff, Rowlett, Roxton, Edgewood, Fairfield and Caddo Mills High schools. Seven schools had students signed up for fashion design, a new category this year, among them Sulphur Bluff and Frisco.
Jaime Formoso first sketched a design, then had the option of either finding a pattern close to her design or purchasing an item. She then had to write an essay explaining what the fabric is made of. She itemized costs associated with the project, then figured the cost per wear by figuring out how many times the item will be worn then dividing that into the sum for the cost itemization. She also had to write a speech explaining how the item can be constructed and everything she did in preparation.
“I made a comfortable, fashionable, flattering tee,” said Formoso.
Hale did an illustrated talk about “Driving Among Teens.” She had prior experience in public speaking as she has been involved throughout her school career in various University Interscholastic League and FCCLA speaking contests. For her contest, Hale had to choose a topic related to family and consumer sciences. She chose teen driving because she wanted to “show the truth of the danger teens present behind the wheel.” She had to present her speech at three different public venues, using visual aids to explain how the topic could be addressed through FCCLA as a monthly awareness program to save lives. Her “Highway of Truth” road signs included “Driving at Night,” “Speeding,” “Distractions,” “Not Wearing a Seatbelt” and “Alcohol.” She used an anecdotal story to direct listeners’ attention to her message of “The One Way to Safe Driving.” Issues addressed included: raise awareness with peer education; remind teens of statistics and dangers; and recommend good decision-making skills. She also discussed strategies to use when faced with negative peer pressure when driving, and went on to place third. She indicated she is looking forward to the state contest in Corpus Christi in April.
Star Events competitors weren’t the only ones from Sulphur Bluff singled out for recognition at the regional meet. Advisor Janiece Joslin received the highest honor given by FCCLA — an honorary membership. Individuals receiving this awards “should have rendered outstanding services to advance the family and consumer sciences program.” Those nominated can be teachers, superintendents, principals, college personnel, past FCCLA members not in high school and adults in the region. Janiece Joslin was nominated by the local chapter and was presented an honorary membership award by Region III during the second general session at the leadership meet.
Everett Wilder, who was selected as the Region III vice president of parliamentary law, presided over the House of Delegates meeting and directed the election of the new officers for the coming year during the FCCLA Region III Leadership Conference in Plano Jan. 30-31.
The chapter members were among 800 delegates attending the two-day conference. The youth developed theme, “Find Your Treasure with FCCLA,” featured a series of specialized workshops and general sessions in which members discovered ways to become actively involved on issues facing today’s youth.
STAR Events (Students Taking Action for Recognition) and Proficiency Events are competitive events in which members participate at the regional meeting. These events allow members to showcase their life skills in different areas of competition. Leadership Enhancement Opportunities (LEOs) were offered on Friday, Jan. 30.
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