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FCCLA members shine with gold at STAR events
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Martha Paramo, Lexie Monroe and Christian Mincey represnted Effingham County schools at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference. - photo by Photo provided

Two students from Effingham College and Career Academy (ECCA) FCCLA and one student from South Effingham County High School (SEHS) FCCLA joined more than 8,500 FCCLA student leaders, members, and advisers at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego from July 3-7 to participate in the annual FCCLA National Leadership Conference.

Lexie Monroe and Martha Paramo from ECCA FCCLA and Christian Mincey from SEHS FCCLA participated in one of 30 Family and Consumer Sciences related competitive events offered at NLC, including STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events and the FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl. These events support foundational, leadership, and workplace skills in areas such as advocacy, culinary arts, and entrepreneurship.

Competing with over 4,500 Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) Event participants in San Diego, Monroe received a gold medal in the Chapter in Review Display event, Paramo received a gold medal in the Food Innovations event and Christian received a gold medal in the Fashion Construction event. Georgia FCCLA as a whole won 95 gold medals, 90 silver medals and 12 bronze medals.

The conference provided ECCA FCCLA and SEHS FCCLA students opportunities to come together for energizing learning while listening to inspiring speakers, expanding leadership skills, sharpening talents, and exploring career pathways. The theme of this year’s conference was “Empowered,” which inspired attendees to make the right choices and commit themselves to making a positive impact within their families, schools, FCCLA, and communities.

“Our National Leadership Conference was a great success this year, with a record-setting attendance of over 8,500 members, advisers, partners and guests. During the past week we’ve watched thousands of students come together and realize their full potential through competition, career training, and workshops. The relationships developed and training experienced during this conference have empowered students to go into their schools and communities and make a difference, bringing with them the values and passions FCCLA brings to our members,” said Sandy Spavone, executive director of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.