Fannin County Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) has earned another National Award. National FCCLA offers an award called “Go for the Red” each year for chapters who increase their local membership. For the second year in a row, Fannin FCCLA has earned the “Go for the Red” award at Gold status meaning that membership was increased by at least 20 members. In total, our membership increased by 22 members leaving us with a total of 89 members for the 2018-2019 school year. Our chapter was awarded a “Go for the Red” banner to be displayed in our school.
Several of our chapter officers were also awarded individual “Go for the Red” awards. The individual award is for students who recruit at least 3 new members into our local FCCLA chapter. The following students received this recognition from National FCCLA: (from left) Sierra Reynolds, Sydney Tarpley, Chloe Clemmons, Bobbi Pippin, Hope Parris, and Cady Finley. Each of these students received a certificate and Go for the Red t shirt from National FCCLA.
Our chapter and these individual members will be recognized at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California this July.
Fannin County High School FCCLA participated in Region STAR Event Competitions on Saturday, February 9th at Archer High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Combined, the students participated in 9 competitive events. (Listed Below) All students scored in the top 2 in the region and will advance to State Competition on March 15-17, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Advocacy- Sydney Tarpley, 10th Grade
Career Investigation- Hope Parris, 12th Grade
Chapter Service Project Display, Courtney Earls and Haley Parks, 11th Grade
Chapter Service Project Portfolio- Alexis Hill and Larissa Hughes, 10th Grade
Chapter in Review Portfolio- Victoria Tanner and Lisa Thomas, 11th Grade
Early Childhood Education- Sierra Reynolds, 10th Grade
Focus on Children- Chloe Clemmons, 12th Grade
Leadership- Cady Finley, 10th Grade
Promote and Publicize FCCLA!- Bobbi Pippin, 11th Grade
Students have been working on these projects since late September and their hard work has paid off. They have so much to be proud of!
“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
Fannin County High School Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) collected school supplies during the month of October to send to those who were affected by Hurricane Michael. Many members of the community, along with students at FCHS, collected over 5,000 items to send to Bay County, Florida. Some of the items collected include over 200 backpacks, more than 800 pencils, 167 notebooks, and almost 200 packs of lined paper. We also sent crayons, glue, calculators, markers, index cards, disinfectant wipes, dry erase markers, and more!
Cady Finley, 10th-grade FCCLA Officer and leader of this initiative, stated that, “It’s amazing to see how our students and community are willing to come together and collect items to make a big difference in the lives of those who have lost everything.” Cady and her mother drove a U-haul trailer to Bay County, Florida the first week of November to deliver the school supplies. The FCHS FCCLA chapter would like to thank all of the community members who purchased items for donation.
“It is huge for any student to advance to Nationals. I am especially impressed with these young ladies as they are both freshman and they earned top honors their very first year of competing. I am looking forward to the success they will have during the next three years of high school. I am so proud!” -Adviser, Lauren Owenby
Fannin County High School Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) earned recognition from National FCCLA for the 2017-2018 Go for the Red Campaign. Go For the Red is an FCCLA membership campaign that provides incentives for members and chapters working to increase membership. Go For the Red empowers students to recruit, retain, and recognize members. FCHS FCCLA earned Gold status for recruiting over 20 new students into their Career and Technical Organization. Bobbi Pippin, sophomore at FCHS, earned the individual Go for the Red Award for recruiting 3 or more new students into the organization on her own. FCHS FCCLA Chapter and Bobbi Pippin will be recognized at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference this summer. Pictured here are FCCLA Adviser, Lauren Owenby and FCCLA Vice President, Bobbi Pippin.
First Grade students from East Fannin Elementary School visited Fannin County High School on Tuesday, May 1st. The students visited all of the Career Technical and Agricultural Education classes while on their field trip. Students spend majority of their afternoon with the FCHS students in the Foods and Nutrition and Early Childhood Education classes. Learning centers, designed by Early Childhood Education students, were set up for the 1st graders to enjoy. These centers included activities to teach the 1st grade students about healthy nutrition, exercise, and sensory learning. The students left with a variety of items that they created on their own including a homemade aquarium, play doh, and sensory sticks.
The Fannin County High School Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Chapter hosted a diaper drive during the month of April. The diaper drive was designed to support the new First Call Pregnancy Center in Blue Ridge. In total, FCCLA collected 2,099 diapers. “Family is the central focus of FCCLA. What better way to foster the family unit than donating to an organization that helps welcome precious new lives into this world,” stated FCCLA Adviser Lauren Owenby. With their adviser, several members of the organization delivered the diapers to the center. Pictured above, from left to right, are First Call Pregnancy Center Director Margaret Keck, FCCLA members, Hailee Mealer, Sierra Reynolds, Chloe Clemmons, Hannah Fortenberry, Cora Clemmons, Cady Finley, and Hope Parris.
BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Students and staff at Fannin County High School celebrated FCCLA during the week of Feb. 12 through 16, 2018. Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a student-led Career Technical and Student Organization that has over 164,000 members nationally and is the only CTSO with the family as its central focus. Involvement opportunities for FCCLA members include expanding their leadership potential and developing skills for life that are necessary in the home and workplace. During FCCLA week, students offered activities and trivia in the commons area during lunch to promote knowledge of family and consumer sciences, they gave a small gift to all faculty and staff, and they prepared and distributed muffins to the faculty and staff at FCHS. Pictured above are FCCLA members and officers, from left, Bobbi Pippin, vice president, Desiree Bell, hospitality coordinator, and Kristen Lopez, secretary. FCCLA is advised by Family and Consumer Sciences teachers, Amy Adams, Lynn Burch, and Lauren Owenby.
Four members of Fannin County High School’s Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter competed at Region STAR Events Competitions on Saturday, Feb. 10. Chloe Clemmons (11th grade) and Bobbi Pippin (10th grade) earned a gold medal in their Sports Nutrition Senior Event where they created and implemented a nutrition, hydration, and exercise plan for an FCHS basketball player. Sierra Reynolds (9th grade), competed in Sports Nutrition Junior and earned a silver medal for the implementation of her nutrition plan for a local ballerina. Cady Finley (9th grade) also earned a silver medal for her Interpersonal Communications Event where she promoted healthy communication and relationships among female teens. Sierra and Cady both scored in the top two of their events and will be advancing to State STAR Events Competitions on March 10, 2018. Pictured above are, from left, Sierra Reynolds, Cady Finley, FCCLA adviser, Lauren Owenby, FCHS FCCLA president, Hope Parris, Chloe Clemmons, and Bobbi Pippin.
ETC held its first Ignite Grant competition this year. The award ceremony was on Tuesday March 21st in Ellijay. The process consisted of schools in the ETC viewing area submitting 5 minute videos explaining their idea. These videos were judged and finalists were selected. FCHS had two teams selected as finalists. More information on the ETC Ignite Grant can be found at: http://marketing.etcnow.com/acton/media/10903/etc-ignite-education-grant
Mrs. Lynn Burch’s FCCLA students presented an idea to build a Legacy Learning Lab. Jessie DeCosta, Jordan Anderson, and Justin Wheat submitted a video and then made a presentation to the ETC judges. The Legacy Learning Lab is being built in collaboration with the FCHS construction class and will be used as an outdoor classroom and garden. It will feature hydroponics, heirloom vegetables and herbs, a gazebo, and memorial brick garden for educators.
Mr. Bubba Gibbs’ TSA students presented an idea to build a Video Studio as part of the media center. Will Garland, Logan Gerald, and Thomas Ward created a video to showcase the idea. Will, Logan, Hunter Alexander, Lora Gwatney, and Maddie Crain then traveled to ETC to present the actual project details to the ETC Judges. The Video Studio will give FCHS a place to produce a daily news program and create educational videos to support academic classes. Students will be able to reserve the studio to pursue their creative ideas in the form of video production.
At the awards ceremony, both the FCCLA and the TSA students won the $10,000 grand prizes! It was an honor for FCHS to be able to win both grants, and the students did an excellent job outlining how the grants would be spent. The ETC Ignite process gave these students the opportunity to be creative and demonstrate their presentation skills and knowledge in an environment outside of the normal classroom. In addition to the $10,000 awards, each team also received a $500 check for being a top 4 finalist. The grant money was presented to the schools at the awards banquet, and both teams are preparing to implement their projects. It is expected that both projects will be operational by the end of the school year.
Gibbs “I am so proud of the work done by these students. They spent several hours of their personal time working on these projects for the benefit of their schools. Both of these projects will have a lasting impact on faculty and students at FCHS for years to come. It is great to see the talented students at FCHS showcasing their abilities outside of their normal classroom environment.”
Hunter Alexander, TSA President and Ignite Team Member “Before we went, I was confident that we had won. When they announced the first winner, it was the other FCHS team, and our team’s hearts sank thinking we had not won. We all held hands waiting for the next winner to be announced, and when we heard the word “Fannin” we jumped out of our seats congratulating each other. We are really proud to be winners and we are also happy that the other FCHS team won as well.”
If you would like any additional information, please contact Bubba Gibbs at 706-632-2081.
Photos. All L to R
IMG0341 – taken after both teams presented their project plans to the ETC Judges in the Fall
Lora Gwatney, Will Garland, Logan Gerald, Maddie Crain, Hunter Alexander, Jordan Anderson, Jessie DeCosta, and Justin Wheat
IMG0512 – taken after both teams were presented their $10,000 grants!
Jessie DeCosta, Jordan Anderson, Justin Wheat, Lora Gwatney, Maddie Crain, Hunter Alexander, and Logan Gerald (not pictured Will Garland)
IMG1785 – the FCCLA Team
Jessie DeCosta, Jordan Anderson, Justin Wheat
IMG 0510 – the TSA Team
Lora Gwatney, Maddie Crain, Hunter Alexander, and Logan Gerald (not pictured Will Garland)
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Three Fannin County High School students competed at the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Competition in Athens, Georgia in early March.
Freshmen, Ryley Mervine and Shelby Hood, competed in Chapter Service Project Display and Junior, Shayna Bowyer, competed in Teach and Train. All three students earned a Gold Medal in their event.
Shayna is one of two students that will represent the state of Georgia and advance to the National Competition in Nashville, Tennessee in July.