“Competing in STAR Events has definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone, and allowed me to accomplish things that I never thought I would. It has also provided the opportunity for me to meet new people and create amazing friendships!” – Courtney Earls, 11th grade
Blue Ridge, Ga. – Fannin County High School’s Family Career and Community Leaders of America are headed to the Golden State this July for the FCCLA National Leadership Conference.
On March 15-17, 2019, twelve FCCLA Members attended the FCCLA State Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Our students participated in a variety of competitive events with students from across the entire state. Our chapter was successful and brought home many awards.
This year, our chapter applied for several State Program Awards. Fannin County earned the Families First State Program Award for the Grandparent’s Night that FCCLA hosted back in January of this year. Chloe Clemmons (picture attached) accepted the award on behalf of our chapter.
Our chapter also earned recognition for being an FCCLA Honor Roll Chapter. Honor Roll is a points system based on events that your FCCLA Chapter either hosts or participates in. Fannin County was recognized as one of these chapters and Fannin County FCCLA Chapter President, Bobbi Pippin (picture attached), accepted the award on our behalf.
Another award that we received was the Georgia FCCLA LIVE for 25 Membership Award. This award was granted to all chapters who increased their student membership by 25% during the 2018-2019 school year.
In addition to these chapter awards, our students received many individual awards.
Catherine Finley was awarded the Statesman Award for passing the Georgia FCCLA Statesman Test. She is now eligible to compete in the Distinguished Statesman Test next school year.
All 12 students competed in STAR Events Competitions. STAR stands for Students Taking Action with Recognition. Each of the students have been working on these projects since October 2018. They competed at Region STAR Events in February 2019 and all advanced to the state level. Below is a list of the event categories that students competed and the medals earned at State Leadership Conference:
Hope Parris – Career Investigation – Gold Medal
Catherine Finley – Leadership – Silver Medal
Courtney Earls and Haley Parks – Chapter Service Project Display – Gold Medal
Sierra Reynolds – Early Childhood Education – Gold Medal
Chloe Clemmons – Focus on Children – Silver Medal
Lisa Thomas and Victoria Tanner – Chapter in Review Portfolio – Gold Medal
Bobbi Pippin – Promote and Publicize FCCLA – Gold Medal
Sydney Tarpley – Advocacy – Gold Medal
Alexis Hill and Larissa Hughes – Chapter Service Project Portfolio – Gold Medal
11 of these students placed in the top 2 of their categories in the state and will be advancing to National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California this July where they will compete against students from across the entire nation!
“These students are truly amazing. It is an honor to be their advisor and work with them on a day to day basis. Participating in STAR Events requires commitment and endurance as you prepare for months to compete at varying levels of competitions. These students are deserving of their awards and I am looking forward to our time in California this summer. I am confident that these students will make Fannin County Proud!” –Lauren Owenby, FCCLA Adviser
“FCCLA has pushed me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to see that success is always achievable if you work hard for it.” –Alexis Hill, 10th grade