Four Mission Valley students joined over 7,500 other FCCLA student leaders, members and advisers at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA, June 28-July 2 to participate in the annual FCCLA National Leadership Conference.
Our students competed and placed in one of 30 Family and Consumer Science related competitive events.
Earning a gold medal and placing second in the nation in the “Focus on Children” category was sophomore Emma Gustin with her project “Stop the Sitting,” which focused on the childhood obesity epidemic and promoted fun exercise activities to grade school students. She worked with the local Girl Scout group and gave her presentation at the Mission Valley Elementary School Alternative Day.
Also placing second in the nation with a gold medal in the “Life Event Planning” category were freshmen Kiki Widau and Paige Sims with their project “Football Frenzy.” Widau and Sims created a budget and used comparison shopping skills to plan an event. They learned how to calculate unit cost and evaluate marketing in order to stick with their budget. This was Widau and Sims’ first FCCLA project.
Earning a silver medal and placing 15th in the nation in the category “Teach and Train” was sophomore Sydney Gleason. Gleason worked with Mrs. Tracey Sandmeyer’s first grade class and taught them a math and ordering lesson based on a children’s book and then created a lesson plan and a portfolio for her presentation.
Sophomore Alexandrea Pickett and freshman Megan Deters represented Kansas FCCLA as part of the Kansas Peer Education team--a group that travels around the state and gives presentations to FCCLA districts and chapters about various FCCLA programs. Pickett and Deters are on the Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety (FACTS) team. They were also completers of Leadership Academy: Launch, a five-track program to help students become stronger leaders.