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Dave to compete in FCCLA national event
Effingham County High School sophomore Rajvi Dave will represent Georgia in this summers National FCCLA Star Events. - photo by Photo provided

Effingham County High School sophomore Rajvi Dave, who is representing Georgia, and her advisor, Victoria Neurath, will head to Orlando, Fla., this summer where Dave will compete in the National FCCLA Star Events competition.

Dave will be competing in the "Leadership" event in the senior division. This is a project where the student shows how she is able to recognize and actively evaluate and grow in her leadership potential. She has participated by showing how she used the Student Leadership Challenge and supporting materials, to investigate her leadership abilities and develop a mentorship relationship to further her leadership development.

By preparing a portfolio of all her active leadership skills in her local chapter, Dave has shown how hard she has worked in her school in representing FCCLA. She will be judged, by providing sample displays of leadership activities, community involvement projects, local fundraising activities, membership increases and public relations. She is required to give an oral presentation describing her work.

Students from all over the U.S. will be in Orlando to represent their local FCCLA chapters. Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), founded in 1945, is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through family and consumer science education.

Winning first at the district level in February and moving to the state competition in Athens in March, Dave had the highest gold score in the senior division in Leadership. Her project documented her high school’s FCCLA activities this year.

Three other students from ECHS also competed at the state level. Natalyn Harris and Hannah Flewallen won at the silver level with their "Advocacy" project. Their project recognized their demonstration of knowledge, skills, and the ability to actively identify a local, state, or national concern, research the topic, identify a target audience and potential partnerships, form an action plan, and advocate for the issue in an effort to positively affect a policy or law. They were required to give a verbal and visual presentation showing how they participated in this project.

Kalonna Brown competed in the "Food Innovations" event and received silver recognition. In this event, Brown demonstrated her knowledge of the basic concepts of food product development by creating an original prototype formula, testing the product through focus groups, and developing a marketing strategy.