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Friday, August 3, 2018

Highlands Students Compete in National STAR Event Competition

Highlands Middle and High Schools Students competed in the National FCCLA STAR event competition in Atlanta, Georgia, winning gold and bronze medals in multiple events.

Josie Daley, Grace Morrison and Courtney Schwalbach at Highlands High School and Addy Wagner, Katie Deshler and Ashley Coulter at Highlands Middle School were among the members and took part in STAR Event competitions at the conference.

More than 7,500 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country gathered in Atlanta, GA, for the 2018 National Leadership Conference.

The meeting provided Highlands High School and Highlands Middle School members with the opportunity to attend leadership and program training, hear national speakers, meet the National Executive Council, explore colleges and careers, and be Inspired with FCCLA.

FCCLA’s STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. Youth and adults work together to manage the events and serve as evaluators of the participants. 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 support students’ development of knowledge and skills by enhancing the classroom experience and career pathway initiatives while participating in work-based learning and developing college and career-ready skills.

"Students competing in STAR Events allows them to develop and practice many skills that is useful to them in school and in the future," said Ahren Wagner, Highlands High School FCCLA adviser."Public speaking, collaboration, creativity, real-world, authentic problem solving, and communication are just a few of the skills that are embedded in the events. "

Grace, Josie and Courtney won a gold medal in their Life Planning event, among were among over 4,200 STAR Event participants. Their project focusing on planning a graduation party using budgeting skills. Grace, Josie and Courtney received a gold medal in the event. Grace will be attending the University of Cincinnati DAAP program for Interior Design, Josie will be attending Eastern Kentucky University majoring in Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Courtney Schwalbach will be attending the University of Kentucky to major in Marketing.

Katie Deshler and Ashley Coulter competed in the Entrepreneurship, Jr. event.  Their project focused on using entrepreneurial skills and creating a business plan for a teen boutique.  Ashley and Katie received a bronze medal in the event.

Addy Wagner competed in the Life Event Planning, Jr event.  Her project focused on redecorating and redesigning her bedroom using comparison shopping, goal setting and budgeting.  Addy received a gold medal in the event.

Marlee Barton, HMS FCCLA Adviser, said she is excited about the accomplishments of her students this year.

"This is the first year for an FCCLA chapter at HMS and students have been exposed to a wide variety of experiences and the ability to travel to regional, state and national meetings.  I'm excited to start a tradition of FCCLA at the middle school that is found at the high school," she said.

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