Submitted by Robin Smith
Seven of the brightest stars in California this past week were not Hollywood’s elite, but seven students from the Madison County High School FCCLA chapter. The members, their advisor and chaperone attended the Family, Careers and Community Leaders of America National Convention in Anaheim, California, July 9th through the 14th.
Keeley Smith represented Florida as the State Vice-President of Recreation. She attended sessions and workshops on information related to the national projects, leadership development, and organizational policies. She was also selected by the state association to serve as one of the three voting delegates from the state of Florida. This put her in the position of helping select the 2011-12 national officers and determine the results of a bylaw change affecting the determination for membership.
Additionally six youth competed in the organization’s STAR events. STAR stands for Students Taking Action for Recognition. These events are very competitive on the district and state level, with students vying for the right to represent their state on the national level. Madison was very well represented with one of the largest delegations per chapter size present. The students who competed all received gold medals. They are:
Christian GriffinKassidy Stallings
Focus on Children:
Kasey OdomAlaina Pickels
Life Events Planning:
In order to receive a gold medal each of the students had to receive a score of 90 or above. Jordan Hughes, who was judged on the construction and display of her garment along with a presentation, received a perfect score of 100.
In addition to competing, students attended sessions, workshops and exhibits. Students also learned about the new National Projects for the upcoming year. FCCLA has joined with the following organizations to Share Your Strength, March of Dimes and Soles for Souls. Chapters will be working in the upcoming year to find ways to support, educate and promote these organizations and their cause.
The closing session was highlighted by the honoring of a past member Alisha Dixon Hyslop with the Alumni Achievement Award. This award is given annually to one alumni member who has gone on to excel in representing the values and goals of the organization.
Alisha graduated from Madison County High and was a member of FCCLA from the 6th to 12th grade, serving as chapter president and also as the president of the state association. She currently lives in Tampa, Florida and is involved in public policies for the Association of Career and Technical Education.
The chapter members would like to thank their parents, the Madison County School Board, Madison County High School administrators, Johnson and Johnson, Daylight Spa, Rancho Grande, Madison County Community Bank, the Mail Room, Browning and Sons, Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Jimbob Printing and the Madison County community, for their support.
We would especially like to thank Mrs. Monteze Walker, the chapter’s adviser, who recently retired, for her support and her talented gifts over the past 30 years. It has been her advisement and guidance that has help this chapter become one of the most successful chapters in the state of Florida.