St. Cloud High Students Recognized For Outstanding Skills In National Competition
St. Cloud High FCCLA members participated in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) at Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) 2015 National Leadership Conference in July. The following students received gold medals for their competition events:
Ashley Iaciofano and Hailey Steuer - Chapter in Review Portfolio
This team event recognizes chapters that develop and implement a well-balanced program of work and promote FCCLA and Family and Consumer Sciences and/or related occupations and skills to the community. Participants must prepare a portfolio and an oral presentation. Topic areas include membership campaigns, leadership development, community service activities, competitive activities, and the creation of a chapter budget.
Brianna Gann and Payton Harvey - Chapter Service Project Display
This team event recognizes chapters that develop and implement an in-depth service project that uses Family and Consumer Sciences content and skills to address and take action on a community need. Payton and Brianna presented a project focusing on service to Give Kids the World, a resort in Kissimmee for families who have a child with a life-threatening illness. The club participated in the annual 5K run and raised $360, worked over 600 hours at the Gingerbread House restaurant, sold Gingerbread Grams to raise $250 for supplies, worked at Pirates and Princesses Night, helped with Keaton's Korral, and made aprons for the restaurant with the help of the Fashion Production program at Harmony High School.
Eila Espada and Betsy Gallardo - Focus on Children
This team event recognizes participants who use Family and Consumer Sciences skills to plan and conduct a child-development project that has a positive impact on children and the community. Eila and Betsy organized and planned a program called "Arts Around the World", focusing on the importance of the fine arts. With FCCLA members, they worked with the after-school children at Michigan Avenue Elementary by providing information about different countries through art, dance, song, the country's flag, and the tasting of foods from France, Mexico, and the U.S.A. Over 50 children enjoyed the activities and used their creative skills while learning about other parts of the world.
More than 7,700 members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the nation attended this year's National Leadership Conference. Approximately 4,100 students advanced from the local, regional, and state level of STAR Events to the national meeting. At the conference, FCCLA also celebrated its founding anniversary when the organization hosted a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, with 5,000 youth and adults in attendance to showcase support for Family and Consumer Sciences education and celebrate 70 years of youth career preparation and leadership. The rally featured special guest speakers and the largest performance ever of the “Gimme Five Dance” created by First Lady Michelle Obama to promote healthy lifestyles, which is in keeping with the FCCLA national conference’s theme of “Together We Are Healthy.”
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has nearly 155,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945. FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus. Throughout the year, FCCLA members tackle issues such as teen violence prevention, traffic safety, family issues, career exploration, and much