By Sherry Boggs
PIQUA — FCCLA, a satellite of the Upper Valley Career center, is sending members to state this month.
Competing in STAR Events are Alle Olds and Jesica Brown. Carmell Rigola is competing in Chapter Service Portfolio. Sage Barnhart, Cammi Clement, and Taylor Woods are competing in National Programs in Action. Kirstin Malone and Madison Huber are competing in Advocacy.
Also, Alle Olds, Jesica Brown, Sage Barnhart, Lauren Ashcraft, Cammi Clement, Madison Huber, Taylor Glagola, and Taylor Woods will be receiving their Power of One Awards
The groups competing will compete on Thursday, April 24, and will receive their awards and scores on Friday, April 25.
Students have been working since last fall on their projects. Each event has different requirements, but students are asked to develop a project based on their event requirements, complete the project and then develop a display or portfolio explaining their project. Judges look at what type of project the students did, what their goal was, did they accomplish their goal, what they did to accomplish their goal, and how impactful their project was. Students then present their projects and speeches to a panel of judges.
Students who are competing in STAR Events from our school have done projects related to teen traffic safety, animal abuse, and texting and driving. To be able to compete at state means the groups scored the highest score at regionals in their event.
Students who are receiving their Power of Ones had to set goals in five different areas, A Better You, Family Ties, Working on Working, Take the Lead, and Speak out for FCCLA and complete a project to accomplish their goals. Students were interviewed about their projects in February and will receive their award during the conference as well.
“I am most certainly very proud of all the students for what they have accomplished,” said Abby Frilling, FCCLA adviser. “To make it to State for their STAR Events is a big deal, since we come from a very competitive region. They worked so hard on their projects, and they are currently making changes and revisions to make their projects even better. They have put in a lot of hard work into their projects, and I’m glad they can see what being successful looks like! The students are looking forward to state competition, and even if they don’t qualify for Nationals (have to have highest score in their event), they still have accomplished a lot with the chance of representing Piqua FCCLA.”
FCCLA State Conference is at the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus.