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Firth FCCLA heads to nationals

July 8, 2013

These five Firth High School students left Saturday to attend the national conference of Family Career and Community Leaders of America in Nashville, Tenn. From the left are Quinci Nelson, Katie Kirby, Celeste Esplin, Emma Mecham and Mikaela Jensen.

FIRTH – Five Firth High School students left Saturday to participate and
compete at the National Conference of Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).
The conference takes place from July 6-12 in Nashville, Tenn. The goal of Emma Mecham’s project, “Red Hot Readers” Focus on Children, Junior Division, was to organize and execute a reading program for the first through fourth grades at A.W. Johnson Elementary in Firth to help
encourage children to read. Emma is the daughter of David and Deslynn Mecham.
The goal of Katie Kirby’s project, “Home Run” Focuses on Children,
Occupational Division, was to teach sign language to her fellow early childhood preschool teachers and the preschool children who attend Firth High School’s occupational preschool.
When children learn sign language, it uses the auditory, visual,
and kinetic methods to help improve their communication and learning
skills. Katie is the daughter of Don and Traci Kirby.
The goal of Mikaela Jensen’s project, “Courageous” National Programs in Action, Senior Division, has three parts. These are to help chapter members understand and appreciate everyday heroes; to select and honor heroes in their own life; to learn how they can become true heroes themselves.
She developed a presentation about heroes and what it takes to be one. She then sponsored a heroes’ dinner where chapter members selected personal heroes, invited them to the dinner and honored them with a plaque, thank you note and a why they are their hero. Mikaela is the daughter of Steven and Sharon Ricks and the late Lonny Jensen.
The goal of Quinci Nelson’s project, “Fight Like a Girl” National Programs Occupational Division, was to teach girls how to be aware, be
prepared, and if necessary, FIGHT LIKE A GIRL! She taught her peers selfdefense. Quinci is the daughter of Dyal and Gina Nelson.
The goal of Celeste Esplin’s project, “American Idols” Chapter Service
Project, Manual, Senior Division, was to honor the forgotten. “We are all
guilty of neglecting important people in our lives,” she said. “It’s not that we mean to but sometimes we just assume that they
know that we care. “But do they really?”
The Firth FCCLA chapter made and delivered 20 “Cozy Shoulder Wraps,” which are fleece robes, to the local veterans’ nursing home in Pocatello.
For her project, Celeste received gold and first place at state FCCLA STAR Event competition. She is the daughter of Brian and Trina Esplin.
Over 5,000 youth will participate in the leadership conference and compete in the STAR Event Projects at the national conference.
STAR event projects must identify a need, develop a plan, execute
the plan and establish that the project made a
difference.

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