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Seven Students from St. Cloud High School Take Home Medals from National STAR Event Competition at the FCCLA NLC

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Pictured L to R: Astrid Rosado, Izzy Helton, Tatiana Vallejo, Kristen Solorzano, Te'a Martinez, Nicole Hernandez and Abigail Albizu

Submitted By Denise Peeler, St. Cloud High School

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)’s National Leadership Conference (NLC) was held this summer in Anaheim, California. More than 8,700 participants from across the country gathered together to attend leadership and program trainings, hear national speakers, meet youth leaders from across the nation, participate in Competitive Events, and explore college and career options.

Over 4,700 FCCLA members competed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events at NLC. STAR Events are competitive events in which members are recognized for their proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. Both youth and adults work together in managing the events and serving as evaluators of the participants. Students develop real world skills participating in STAR Events.

To advance to the national level in a STAR Event, members first compete at the district and state level. The following St. Cloud High Students competed in the Star Event Competition at FCCLA’s National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California:

Gold Medals –

· Career Investigation – Abigail Albizu

· Job Interview – Kristen Solorzano

· Hospitality and Tourism – Izzy Helton

Silver Medals –

· Recycle and Design – Te’a Martinez

· Focus on Children – Nicole Hernandez, Astrid Rosado, Tatiana Vallejo

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 over 175,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members, and it’s the only career and technical in-school student organization with a central focus on careers that support families. Participation in national FCCLA programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.

For more information on FCCLA, please contact Denise Peeler at 408-891-3100 or denise.peeler@osceolaschools.net.