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St. Cloud High School Students Compete in FCCLA National STAR Event Competition


More than 7,500 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country gathered in Nashville, TN for the 2017 National Leadership Conference.  The meeting provided the St. Cloud High members with the opportunity to attend leadership and program training, hear national speakers, meet the National Executive Council, explore colleges and careers, and impact a city with the Unlimited Possibilities of FCCLA.  Veronica Holzhausen, Katie Herlihy, and Hannah Smith, St. Cloud High, St. Cloud, were among the members and took part in STAR Event competitions at the conference.

FCCLA’s STAR Events at the national level are based on the ability to achieve a specific score using a rubric to receive either a bronze, silver, or gold medal. Competition, evaluation, and recognition all stress cooperation as the basis of success.  Throughout the year, FCCLA members tackle issues such as teen violence prevention, traffic safety, family issues, career exploration, and much more. FCCLA programs and competitions enrich student learning, improve self-esteem, and serve students with a range of ability levels, economic situations, and cultural influences.

Veronica Holzhausen stated that “The FCCLA National Conference was a great way to meet and learn from other FCCLA members, and definitely made me want to continue competing in the STAR events.  I also learned in the leadership training that networking is extremely important in becoming a leader and that there are many roles to take on in running an organization or chapter”.

FCCLA offers over 30 STAR [Students Taking Action with Recognition] Events. These events, which include Early Childhood Education, Job Interview, and Sports Nutrition, among others, represent college and career readiness skills taught in Family and Consumer Sciences classroom. Members compete at the District, State and National level. This year, Veronica Holzhausen, Katie Herlihy, and Hannah Smith were among over 4,200 STAR Event participants who competed in Nashville, TN. Veronica competed in the Early Childhood Education event and also represented Florida as the state Vice-President of Management. Her project focused on planning a preparing a developmentally appropriate lesson for children ages 4-5 and presenting her portfolio to the judges and she received a silver medal.  Katie and Hannah competed in the Chapter in Review Manual event and their project who focused on planning an effective Program of Work through projects throughout the school and preparing a portfolio to present to the judges.  They received gold medals in their event. About FCCLA

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective career and technical 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 more than 164,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from 49 state associations, in addition to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

FCCLA: 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 peelerd@osceola.k12.fl.us.