Firth students bring home medals

Nashville, Tenn. — Firth High School students were among the more than 7,000 participants of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) who attended the 2013 National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn., July 7-11.
The Firth High School chapter had five members compete in the STAR Event (Students Taking Action with Recognition) competition.
Celeste Esplin competed in Chapter Service project Senior Division and received a Gold.
Quinci Nelson competed in National Programs in Action, Occupational division and received a Gold.
Mikaela Jensen competed in National Programs in Action, Senior division and received a Silver.
Emma Mecham competed in Focus on Children, Junior Division and received a Silver.
Katie Kirby competed in Focus on Children, Occupational and received a Gold.
To compete in a STAR event, each student finds a need in their family, school or community and develops a project using the planning process.
After the students have developed and executed their projects, each student creates an oral presentation to give to three judges using visuals to help them show the judges how they identified need, how they set a goal, the components of their plan, gave examples of problem solving in the act portion and last the student have to show proof that they accomplished their goals with written evaluations.
Over 3,600 students competed in STAR Events that build proficiency and achievement in leadership and job-related skills.
This year’s student-originated theme was “Discover Your Voice.” Throughout the five-day convention, participants examined and discussed several critical issues, including family, school and community violence prevention, physical as well as financial fitness, future career exploration and countless community service projects.
A number of relevant youth issues, such as the changing roles of men and women in the home and workplace, leadership, and obesity prevention were also explored at the meeting through presentations, workshops, and youth sessions.
A donation of $85,639.88 was presented to Share Our Strength from National FCCLA to fight childhood hunger. In addition, over $2,000 in school supplies was donated to the LP PENCIL Box Spotlight on Projects, where representatives from states share successful national, state, or chapter projects.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (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 has 200,000 members and over 5,500 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.
FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.