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More than 6,300 nationwide members, advisers, alumni and guests of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), gathered in Anaheim, Calif., July 10-14 for the 2011 National Leadership Conference. From Kentucky, 180 members from 28 schools attended.
This year’s student-originated theme for the annual national meeting was “Imagination in Action.”
Seven Grant County High School students won awards at the national competition.
“These students have worked on these projects for a long time,” said Anna Sullinger, FCCLA adviser. “Each student that competed on the national level should be especially proud of their work and dedication.”
Kentucky FCCLA members joined more than 3,500 students participating in Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) Events at the conference. STAR Events are competitive events that build proficiency and achievement in leadership and job-related skills.
Seventy Kentucky participants received 32 Gold, 26 Silver and 12 Bronze medals in 28 national STAR Events. Medals were presented at a recognition session honoring all participants at the Anaheim Convention Center on July 14.
The following local students won national honors:
• Gold - Entrepreneurship Jr. - Kendall Burk, Olivia Cahill and Dana Liggett for their cupcake industry, Dandie’s Delectables
• Gold - Focus on Children Sr. - Tailor Gilbert and Kristin Warren for their literacy project, Hay Reading
• Silver – Food Innovations Occup. - Cory Kearns for his frozen individual meal, ‘Dinner is a WOK in the park’
• Bronze – Job Interview Sr. - Michael Steenken, president of FCCLA region seven and the chapter president at GCHS and most recently chosen vice president of STAR Events, placing him on the state FCCLA Executive Committee
“We were happy with our results, h Sullinger said. gThe students really worked hard to get this far and the results really show it.”
Other awards received during the conference included:
Angela Gott, a teacher in Pendleton County, received the Spirit of Advising award.
Kentucky received a certificate for increasing membership.
For a perfect score, Grant County Entrepreneurship STAR event winners received $1,000 scholarships to Kendall College.