Students Compete at FCCLA National Conference

Howell High Students Attend and Compete at FCCLA National Leadership Conference
Posted on 07/13/2022
Sorrin Looney, Atlas Mitchell, and Alyssa Penrod with their display boards.7/13/22 - Three Howell High School students, Sorrin Looney, Atlas Mitchell, and Alyssa Penrod, recently attended the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference in San Diego, CA.

While at the conference, the students competed as a team in the Interior Design event of the national Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) competition and earned a bronze medal. 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. Penrod, Looney, and Mitchell earned the opportunity to compete at the national event after achieving the highest score in their category at the Michigan FCCLA State Leadership Conference.

In addition to the STAR competition, the conference provided the students with opportunities to listen to inspiring speakers, attend youth workshops, compete nationally, and network with other youth leaders. The theme of this year's conference was "Make It Count," which inspired attendees to share how they make it count while exploring career opportunities, developing leadership skills, and growing personally while making a difference in their families and communities.

While at the conference, Leah Brinker, Howell High School Family and Consumer Science teacher and FCCLA advisor, was honored as a recipient of a 2022 National Spirit of Advising Award. The Spirit of Advising Award was created in 1998 to recognize chapter advisers who are constantly faithful, often quietly working behind the scenes to ensure the success of their students. They are advisers whose good humor, flexibility, and skill form the foundation of FCCLA at the local and state levels.

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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