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Students from 26 Kentucky counties among top finishers in FCCLA national conference competition

Students from 26 Kentucky counties were among the top finishers in competitions at the 2017 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

FCCLA is a 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 offers more than 30 family and consumer sciences-related competitive events, also known as STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) events.

Each is designed to help members develop specific lifetime skills in character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge and career preparation. Members compete at the district and state levels in order to qualify for the national conference.

More than 150 delegates represented Kentucky schools at the conference.

“We are extremely proud of these future leaders and their advisers,” said Commissioner Stephen Pruitt. “These competitive events give our students the opportunity to showcase their college- and career-ready knowledge and skills. The abilities our students develop in family and consumer science classes will serve them well in whatever they choose to do after high school.”

Kentucky students took home 36 gold, 36 silver and 16 bronze medals.

In addition to the student winners, Anna Sullinger, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Beaumont Middle School (Fayette County) received the Spirit of Advising Award. This award, which is given to one FCCLA Chapter adviser from each state, recognizes chapter advisers who are constantly faithful and often quietly working behind the scenes to ensure the success of their students.

More than 4,200 participants competed in STAR events at the national level this year.

FCCLA has more than 164,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from 49 state associations, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

From Kentucky Department of Education

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