Carbon High students show off the awards they won during the FCCLA national convention in Chicago, Ill.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women through grade 12 with family as its central focus. Across the country more than 227,000 members in 7,100 chapters are involved in FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience.
Approximately 6,000 of these FCCLA members recently gathered for national leadership meeting in Chicago, Ill. to expand their leadership skills and compete in events showing off their stuff. Fifteen students from Carbon County were among them. These 15 students received first place at the state meeting in March and were selected to represent Utah, at the national level. The Carbon students represented Carbon High and Mont Harmon and Helper Junior Highs. The students can earn medals at the convention.
FCCLA members become leaders in their families, careers, and communities. Everyone benefits when a chapter is formed and projects are completed.
Projects reflect a variety of youth concerns, including teen pregnancy, parenting, family relationships, community service, peer pressure, financial literacy, nutrition and fitness, teen violence prevention, and career exploration.
Emily Branch and Joy Malone (CHS) competed in applied technology. They made a book for children in foster care and received a bronze medal.
Terra Martin, Courtnee Smith and Amanda Dimick (HJHS) competed in the national programs in the action event. They did a community service project on animal cruelty and also earned bronze.
Samantha Bruno and Shaelynn Espinosa (HJHS) were given a silver medal in the Environmental Ambassador event. They did a recycling project at Helper Junior High and Sally Mauro.
Taren Bean (CHS) did an entrepreneurship project where she created a business plan for a small restaurant. She was awarded a silver medal. Also receiving silver was Shylie Richardson (CHS). Shylie's project was an overview of what Carbon High has accomplished this past school year.
Carson Tatton and Colin Moynier also competed with a national programs project was based around a student body program that promotes healthy eating and staying fit. They taught elementary children the importance of these as well as some healthy cooking tips. The included hands on practice at the high school foods lab. They also received a silver medal.
Earning gold medals were Theresa Montoya and Sierra Williams. Montoya did a job interview project where she used her skills to practice interviewing for a job of her choice. Williams project was teach and train. She taught children about autism.
"We are very proud of these students and how well they represented our community at this event," said FCCLA advisor Daphne Stockdale.
Advisors for FCCLA include Stockdale (CHS), Susan Heller (HJHS) and Rebecca Larson (MHJH). Larson and Stockdale attended nationals with the students as well as parents, Ileen Bruno and Lisa Dimick.