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FCCLA celebrates years accomplishments
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Back row: Charlene Rodriquez, Gordon Ashcraft, Gwen Jenkins(Savannah Care Center director); middle row: Tia Johnson, Kellie McClain, Ariel Amerson, Zakiya Rushin, Teresa Rushin, Lauren Whitaker, Lateva Rushin, Ronetta Brown Front row: Brittany Lowe, Hillary Driggers, Linda Magondu - photo by Photo submitted

FCCLA students compete at region STAR events 
Four South Effingham High School students recently competed in STAR events at region competition in Hinesville.  

The culinary arts team of Hershel Anderson, Katie DeRouen and Dustin Lambert won a silver medal and the opportunity to compete at the state level in April.

The culinary team was challenged to prepare four recipes they had never seen before in a one hour time frame using proper knife skills, safety and sanitation techniques, working as a team to plate three identical dishes for the judges.
Several hours of practice went into preparing the team for region competition.

Also competing was Kristyn Plank in the early childhood education event. These four and several others will headed to state competition in Athens the week of April 16-19 under the leadership of Sheryl Howell and Pam Corbitt, FCCLA advisors.  FCCLA stands for Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America.

The South Effingham High FCCLA chapter has more than 60 members this year.

STAR events competition gives students a chance to compete in their vocational area of focus and match their skills with others throughout the state.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to this group to attend state competition should notify Pam Corbitt at SEHS, 728-7511.

STOP the Violence week at South Effingham High
Students in family and consumer sciences classes at SEHS recently performed a skit on dating violence, researched the Web site “Love Is Not Abuse,” and created posters informing their classmates of the warning signs of dating abuse. 

Dating abuse is much more common than most people realize and can lead to abusive relationships in marriage.

People with low self esteem tend to allow abuse to progress until the victim ends up in the hospital because they are too afraid to reveal their problems.

Students are encouraged to tell an adult, go with a friend to a counselor for help and to protect themselves once the relationship has ended by avoiding being alone at school and in the community. For more information on this problem, check out the “Love Is Not Abuse” Web site. If you know someone in an abusive relationship, be their friend and encourage them to seek help.

FCCLA members help Crisis Pregnancy Center in Savannah
The South Effingham High chapter of FCCLA visited the Savannah Care Center for their February monthly meeting and delivered diapers, baby clothes, and formula for women experiencing crisis pregnancies.

Members toured the center, noting that help is needed in donations, organizing the clothing closet and counseling women when they come in seeking help. Center director, Gwen Jenkins shared with the group how many women and young girls enter the center seeking a pregnancy test and subsequent abortion, only to learn that this center is in the business of saving lives, sharing the love of God and helping families with physical and financial needs. 

Tour The Olde Pink House
Chef Christopher Hewitt of The Olde Pink House in Savannah hosted a tour of the historical restaurant for the professional foods classes at South Effingham High School recently. 

Hewitt  took the group on a behind the scenes tour of the kitchen and wine cellar while speaking of his adventures in his career as a chef. He spoke of following your dream and working hard to make it happen, of the people who had influenced him along the way, and his educational background that has enabled him to earn recognition as a stellar chef.

The staff at The Olde Pink House was full of Southern hospitality as they prepared delicious fried chicken, macaroni and cheese and amazing brownies for the group and allowed them access to the kitchen area, where the group viewed the staff prepping for the evening menu.

Students learned about the culinary side of the restaurant and about the events that led to the historical building being used as a world-known restaurant.