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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Highlands Students Earn Top Honors at Career-focused Leadership Competition

Fort Thomas students "go for the red" and bring back the gold and more at national career and technical competition.

Four Fort Thomas students decided to "go for the red" at the annual Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Competition held in Louisville last month and brought back the gold, silver and bronze.

FCCLA is a career and technical education student organization designed to promote personal growth, leadership development and career opportunities for students interested in family and consumer sciences careers.

Highlands High School freshman Ashley Counter won first place in the Junior Division Knowledge Challenge Test. Fort Thomas students swept the Early Childhood Education Challenge with Highlands Middle School eighth grader Katie Deshler taking first, freshman Ceceila Wira taking second and eighth grader Lexi Wilson taking third.

"Go for the red" refers to the cherry-red jackets members wear. The organization has more than 160,000 student members and 5,300 chapters in 49 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

About 2,000 students and advisers attend the "national cluster competition," which challenges students in career-related skills with technical challenges and in leadership skills, such as interviewing and public speaking. Students are also quizzed on personal finance, health and wellness and other issues.

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