Students Advance to National FCCLA Competition

Howell High School Students Advance to National FCCLA STAR Competition
Posted on 04/05/2022
FCCLA Students with their medals4/5/2022 - Recently, students in Howell High School's Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) student organization participated in the Michigan FCCLA State Leadership Conference. While at the conference, the two teams of students competed in the Students Taking Action for Recognition (STAR) competitive events. Alyssa Penrod, Sorrin Looney, and Atlas Mitchell competed in the Interior Design category, and Elaina Pennell, Aubrey Stevens, and Eleanor Tripp competed in the Entrepreneurship category. Both groups earned the highest score in their categories and earned the chance to represent Michigan at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in San Diego, California, this summer.

For their project, Penrod, Looney, and Mitchell used their interior design skills learned in a Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) course to design spaces to meet client needs. The group was provided with a scenario from the National FCCLA office to redesign a home, floor plan, living room, primary suite, utility closet, and a bedroom for a child with autism. The students researched meeting the family's needs and autism. To meet these needs, the students created a sensory room for the child and changed the furniture in the child's bedroom.

Pennell, Stevens, and Tripp developed a plan for a new small business using FCS skills and sound business practices for their project. The students created a business plan for the Bioluminescent Cafe, a company that would serve seasonal beverages and food to customers in a unique environment.

Leah Brinker, Howell High School FCS teacher and FCCLA advisor was honored with the FCCLA Spirit of Advising Award at the conference. The award is presented annually to an FCCLA advisor for illustrating the true nature of enthusiasm and mentorship of an FCCLA Adviser.

Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America 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.

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