FCCLA seeks donations for trip to National Leadership Conference in Denver, CO July 2-6

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Students representing the middle and high schools of Page County Public Schools are now preparing for the FCCLA National Conference in Denver, CO, July 2-6. These students qualified for nationals through their performance at the FCCLA (Family Career, and Community Leaders of America) Virginia State Leadership and Recognition conference held April 13-16 in Virginia Beach.

Page County sent 38 student representatives and four advisors to the state conference, where more than 2,000 students attended and competed. For several local students, it was their first state conference, while others have been attending and competing for several years. The county’s participating students included some FCCLA state officers.

While Joey Miller, a freshman at Page County High School, has concluded his term as the 2022-2023 Virginia FCCLA State Vice President of Parliamentary Law; Manuel Coronel Cardoso, a junior at Page High School, was elected and inducted as the Virginia FCCLA State President at the convention.

FCCLA’s mission is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner, and community leader, members develop skills for life through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation.

During the state conference, students had the opportunity to take part in leadership courses and workshops, network with students from other schools across the state, and other fun and engaging activities. The students also competed in STAR events (Students Taking Action with Recognition). STAR events are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation.

Students ranked within the top two of their category qualified to compete in Denver, CO at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference July 2-6. Students and advisers alike say that the Virginia SLRC was definitely a conference that challenged, informed, and motivated the Page County FCCLA students.

Awards presented during the state conference in mid-April include:

LURAY MIDDLE SCHOOL – Membership Award

Kendall Alger, Myla Gilmer and Alexia Jenkins — Focus on Children; Gold medal, National Qualifier

Lilly Catoe and Madison Jessee — Chapter Service Project, Display; Bronze medal

LURAY HIGH SCHOOL – Outstanding Chapter (Gold Level), National Program Recognition, Membership Award

• Syd Drain — Leadership; Gold medal, National Qualifier

• Virginia Grieb and Jaydon Montercalm Harris — Professional Presentation; Gold medal, National Qualifier

Lexus Loper and Bianka Waybright — Event Planning; Silver medal

Gracie Olsen — Teach and Train; Bronze medal

Jorgia Diaz and Devin Rothgeb — Repurpose and Redesign; Silver medal

PAGE COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL – Outstanding Chapter (Platinum level), Membership Award, National Program Recognition

Tatum Pendergast, Elizabeth Seals and Lizzy Wood — Professional Presentation; Gold medal, National Qualifier

• Nevaeh Jewell — Repurpose and Redesign; Gold medal, National Qualifier

• Bella Shifflett and Veronica Yorro — National Programs in Action; Silver medal/second place, National Qualifier

• Atari Good — Sports Nutrition; Silver medal

PAGE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL – Outstanding Chapter (Platinum level), Membership Award, Familes Acting for Community Traffic Safety – State Winner – $500

• Manuel Coronel Cardosa, Sadie Rodriguez and Bekah Seals — Power of One; Completer Award

Seth McCoy, Mady Murphy and Aryn Petefish — Chapter in Review; Gold medal, National Qualifier

Maryn Cave and Ava Keyser — Chapter Service Project; Gold medal, National Qualifier

Alyssa Lucas and Bekah Seals — Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation, Level 2; Gold medal, National Qualifier

Whitney Miner — Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation, Level 3; Gold medal, National Qualifier

McKenzie Jewell and Allyssa Lucas — Repurpose and Redesign, Level 2; Gold medal, National Qualifier

Manuel Coronel Cardosa, Kaylee Kite, Joey Miller, Jackson Morris and Sadie Rodriguez — FCCLA LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl; National Qualifier, Top 8

Each group is seeking donations to help with expenses for their upcoming trip (plane tickets, rooms, meals) to Denver. Students and advisers pay for this conference out of their own pockets, and some students will not be able to attend if they can not afford it.

Please contact the schools for more information on how you can help send our Page County students to represent us nationally at the FCCLA National Conference in Denver, CO, July 2-6 2023.



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