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FCCLA brings home gold
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Photos provided Following their gold medal win at the state conference, students, from left, Abby Britton, Gabe Tate and Lacey Cannon will represent Tennessee at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in California this summer. They competed in the culinary arts competition preparing a complete meal in an hour and thirty minutes.

With a mission to promote personal growth and leadership development, the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) organization focuses on the multiple roles required by a family member. 

Eight Warren County High School students were accompanied by FCCLA advisors Suzanne Prater, Megan Sager and Connie Bell, along with CTE director Tracy Risinger, at the State Leadership Conference in Chattanooga March 20-22. 

The group participated in opening sessions, receiving motivation from keynote speaker Patrick Grady. His ability to make people laugh provided students with keys to successful living, while encouraging them to always do their best in all they attempt. 

FCCLA Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) events featured projects completed outside their normal classroom responsibilities. All students, advisors and guests attended a banquet honoring the chapters and their work throughout the year.

Gabe Tate, Abby Britton and Lacey Cannon competed in the Culinary Arts competition where they prepped, cooked, plated and cleaned up an entire meal within an hour and thirty minutes. 

This year's menu consisted of sautéed chicken breast with mustard cream sauce, fresh broccoli sauté and rice pilaf. For dessert they prepared a Danish apple trifle, or Eblekage. The three culinary students were awarded first place with a gold award for their hard work. This is only the second time in the history of WCHS FCCLA the culinary team has been chosen to represent Tennessee at the national level. Gabe, Abby and Lacey will be the only culinary team to represent Tennessee when they compete at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference this summer.

Kiana Weast and Madalyn Stubblefield competed in the Sports Nutrition Senior category. For their project, Madalyn and Kiana analyzed an athlete’s diet and exercise. They researched the appropriate nutrition for the athlete’s demographics. Once they knew their goals, Kiana and Madalyn created nutritional meal plans that would help their athlete become a star player by excelling both on and off the court. Both girls received first-place gold in their event.

Jazzy Sartin competed in the Early Childhood Education Careers Occupational category. For this event, she created a box of random materials that could be used to teach preschool age children about a variety of topics. During the event, Jazzy had to create a music lesson for children between the ages of 4 and 5, earning third place with a silver award     

Kataen Shockley competed in the Focus on Children Occupational category where she researched and analyzed the benefits of dance on children’s physical, intellectual, emotional and social development. She worked closely with students at Hickory Creek Elementary School to lead several dance sessions, earning first place with a gold award for her dedication. 

Chase Gannon competed in the Recycle and Redesign Senior category where he took used items and created something new. For his project, he recycled old chairs and created a scooter for a young boy. His scooter was customized for the boy and embellished with painted animals, a bell, cushion and a toy sack. Chase won first-place gold.

Abbi Hodge competed in the Interpersonal Communications Junior category. The purpose of this event is to evaluate a participant’s ability to communicate in several ways including written, verbal, and one-on-one on a topic of the student’s choice. Abbi chose to research and discuss the mental health of students at Warren County High School and surveyed several students and teachers to get data. Abbi received first place with a gold award. 

The first-place winners will attend the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif., this summer, June 30 - July 4, where they will compete with their winning projects in the STAR events at the national level. 

FCCLA has a national membership of over 160,000 young men and women in more than 5,300 chapters. FCCLA chapters span 49 states including Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Since its founding in 1945, the organization has involved more than nine million youth.