Students earn trip to Orlando with design project

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By Ryan Naus

The skills they learned in class took two Grant County High School students all the way to Florida.

Jackie Frost and Jennifer Bowling traveled to Orlando over the summer to the Students Taking Action for Recognition national convention, which is part of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America national organization.

The girls displayed their interior design project, in which they created a family and a floor plan for the family’s home. The girls earned a silver medal for their project. Natalie Owings also worked on the project, but was unable to go to Orlando because she was in the Governor’s Scholars program.

The family the girls created was made up of a father, a mother and a disabled son, who was paralyzed from the waist down after being hit by a drunk driver. To accommodate the child, Frost, Bowling and Owings created a floor plan that made everything fit the boy’s needs. Instead of carpet, they used tile and wood floors. They also made the doorways larger, elevated electric outlets and lowered closet rods. They tied the project to Mothers Against Drunk Driving with the accident. The girls’ advanced through region and state competitions to earn their trip to Orlando. They place first at region and second at state, but were able to go on their trip after the first place finisher was unable to go.

“We were very excited,” Frost said. “It was a really cool experience and an honor to go.”

The girls were the first representatives that Grant County has sent to the national convention since the 1980’s.

“We jumped at the opportunity to go,” Bowling said.

During their time in Orlando, the girls attended meetings every day, but were also able to go out and explore Orlando.

“We had a lot of fun activities, like a gala, block party and a day at Universal Studios/Adventure Island,” Frost said. “They also took us to Sea World.”

“We did a lot of sightseeing and visited Disney World,” Bowling said.

Anna Day, FCCLA advisor, went to Orlando with the girls and is happy they had the chance to represent Grant County.

“I was very proud of the girls and their accomplishment of making the national event,” Day said. “Many students try to get to this level and many do not succeed. They worked hard for this achievement and I’m proud of them. I would like to see more students participate in these competitive events, because they give students a great opportunity to gain public speaking skills and real life experience.”

“I’d definitely encourage other students to participate in FCCLA because it promotes leadership and develops good characteristics in everyone,” Frost said.

Bowling is the daughter of Jim and Janet Bowling. Frost is the daughter of Scott and Stephanie Frost. Owings is the daughter of Mike and Debbie Owings.