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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Highlands High School Students Excel at National FCCLA Competition

Twenty-three Highlands High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter students, along with nearly two thousand youth members and adult advisers, attended the annual National Cluster Meeting in Washington, DC, November 8 – 12.

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The meeting provided students with opportunities to compete in events ranging from culinary knife skills to technology used in teaching, attend leadership and program training, participate in Leadership Academy, hear two national speakers, explore colleges and careers and impact a city.  Skill Demonstration Event trophies were sponsored by Johnson & Wales University.

Skill Demonstration Events provide opportunities for members to demonstrate college- and career-ready skills in Family and Consumer Sciences and related occupations. Of the 17 Highlands High School and 6 Highlands Middle School students who attended, 14 competed in events and 7 placed nationally:

·         Tori Brumer placed 1st in Culinary Knife Skills
·         Rebecca Thomas placed 1st in Science in FCS Challenge
·         Rachel Farney placed 1st in Early Childhood Challenge
·         Elizabeth Mairose placed 2nd in Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation Challenge
·         Sophie Ison placed 2nd in Culinary Math Challenge
·         Alyssa Dixon placed 3rd in Early Childhood Challenge
·         Ramey Hensley placed 3rd in Consumer Math Challenge

Ahren Wagner, HHS FCS teacher and FCCLA sponsor said, “I am so proud of all of the Highlands FCCLA members who competed at the FCCLA National Cluster Meeting in Washington, DC and how they represented HHS. The week was filled with great speakers, engaging workshops and lots of touring in the national capital. Each member gained valuable skills and resources during the event that they will use in school and everyday life.”

The Cluster Meeting “Inspired” theme encouraged youth to lead others, develop new skills, explore career opportunities, build strong families, and make a difference in their communities. These members also networked through meeting with other attendees and developed their leadership skills. In addition, chapter members learned more about future career and college options as well as found ways that they can inspire others.

PHOTO: FCCLA national winners (L-R) Rachel Farney, Ramey Hensley, Rebecca Thomas, Alyssa Dixon, Sophie Ison, Elizabeth Mairose and Tori Brumer.

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