Amber Anderson and Claire Borg, ninth graders at Willapa Valley Middle School, in Menlo, earned gold medals for their STAR Event in Washington DC. Almost 8,000 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country gathered in Washington DC for the 2015 National Leadership Conference. The conference was based on the student-originated theme "Together We Are....Healthy." Amber and Claire were among the 4100 members and took part in STAR Event Competitions at the conference. The girls helped celebrate FCCLA's 70th birthday, attended workshops on teen issues and were able to tour several museums, monuments, and government buildings at our nation's capital.
FCCLA offers over 30 Family and Consumer Sciences related events, also known as STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) events. These events include Culinary Arts, Knowledge Bowl, Career Investigation, and Fashion Construction to name a few. Members compete at the Regional, State and National level. Amber and Claire did a Focus on Children project, "Keep Your Planet Clean....Go Green". Their project involved working with first graders at the Willapa Elementary teaching and doing activities on pollution, recycling and the environment.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has 155,000 members and more than 5,500 chapters from 49 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.
FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.
The students would like to thank the community for helping them earn money to attend this trip. The students sold pies, Memorial Day crosses and received donations or assistance from Willapa Valley Booster Club, American Legion, and Menlo Store.