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Local FCCLA members win at state conference
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Warren County FCCLA Chapter President, Chelsea Randolph, center, accepts the chapters Power of Reading Award from FCCLA president McKinzie Lilly, at right.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) held its annual State Leadership Conference in Chattanooga recently.  FCCLA had over 780 participants, with students from across Tennessee competing in 29 STAR event contests.
 STAR events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills and career preparation. STAR events offer individual skill development and application of learning through the following activities: Cooperative - teams work to accomplish specific goals; Individualized - an individual member works alone to accomplish specific goals; Competitive - individual or team performance measured by an established set of criteria. STAR Events are grouped into Foundational, Leadership, Career Preparation, and Online Events.
Warren County High FCCLA Chapter had 13 students, four advisors, Joann Barnes, Connie Bell, Ragan Hardy and Suzanne Prater, as well as CTE director Tracy Risinger in attendance at the conference. While at the “It Starts with Us” conference, the students attended general sessions, competed in STAR events, attended recognition ceremonies and an award banquet, in addition to a fun night at the Tennessee Aquarium and sightseeing around the Chattanooga area.
The following competed in STAR events and received ribbons:
• Bree Hayes – Illustrated Talk – Silver Medal
• Victoria England – Career Investigation – Silver Medal
• Chelsea Randolph, Shayla Spivey, Kendall Winton, and D’Andra Burch – Culinary Arts – Bronze Medal
• Kelsey Mullican – Focus on Children - First place with Gold and advancing to Nationals
• McKenzey Crittenden, Mackenzie Ayala, Kaitlyn Mullican – Food Innovations – First place with Gold and advancing to Nationals
•Ashlee Myers and Cailin Trapp – Chapter Service Project Portfolio – First place with Silver and advancing to Nationals
• Gracie Winton – Advocacy – First place with Silver and advancing to Nationals
The seven students winning first place will represent Tennessee at the National Leadership Conference July 2-8 in San Diego, Calif.
The chapter won the Power of Reading Award and received a Silver Award for Chapter Goals. 
Kelsey Mullican and Victoria England received recognition for completion of POWER OF ONE.
FCCLA is the ultimate leadership experience, and 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 family as its central focus. Participation in chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers and communities.