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2018-2019 News

CHS students medal at national FCCLA conference

Five Chanute High School students used their knowledge and leadership skills to earn medals while competing against 4,700 others at the FCCLA national leadership conference at Anaheim, California.

Seniors Jodee Parsons and McKenna Tait competed in the Chapter in Review event, received a silver medal and were ranked fifth in the nation. Senior Jaylynn Hicks competed in Job Interview and received a bronze medal. First-year competitors Blair Curtis and Aaron Rodriquez received a silver medal in Life Event Planning.fccla students medal at nationals

The students qualified for nationals by earning top marks at the district and state level in STAR events.

STAR Events are competitive categories where students are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation.

Students choose the events they want to compete in, which vary from Early Childhood Education, Entrepreneurship, Sports Nutrition to Fashion Design, Job Interview, and Culinary Arts. Students keep records of all their planning for an event as well as a budget, document what took place, how it was marketed, and gauge its success. The notebooks are evaluated by judges and the students are graded on their prepared speeches and presentations to a panel of judges.

The goal of the program is to enhance students’ knowledge and skills through experience while equipping them with employable skills and industry insights needed to thrive in the 21st century.

In addition to the competition, the participants at the five-day conferences also attended leadership and program trainings, listened to national speakers, met youth leaders from across the nation, and explored college and career options.

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

This leadership experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. 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 Leah Hoesli at