“This is the first time in the last three years, maybe longer, that all the teams qualified for state. Last year we had nine teams at regional and five advanced to state. This year we had fewer teams so we could concentrate and do a more effective job and it sure paid off,” said FCCLA teacher Jacqueline Coquat.
“Each team who qualified for state were passionate about their cause which led to their success,” added Natalie Carroll, FCCLA teacher.
Placing second were the Kind Hearted Kids: Kindle Harless, Hailey Woodward and Kailin Boltinghouse with their National Programs presentation on bullying.
They showed an MTV video to the entire middle school and high school which showed bullies being persecuted. It has made an impact on the campuses by showing a need for compassion and kindness.
Placing third were Josh Gutierrez and Kandace Escamilla. They competed in a new event, interpersonal communications, with a project that tried to improve communications between students at Three Rivers High School and break down cliques and promote greater understanding among peers by using individual student profiles.
Laura Rodriguez and Rebecca Donovan placed fifth with their chapter service project on Breast Cancer Awareness. These young ladies involved the Boys and Girls Club in coloring angels for cancer patients and conducted activities for “Pink Week” at the high school which culminated in a Powder Puff Football game in January that earned more than $500 for Relay for Life.
Amber Martinez and Darcy Orsak competed in a chapter service project about dementia. They presented a simulation for students, staff and caregivers of those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease to increase patience and understanding. They also created monthly decorations for the nursing home and held a scavenger hunt in December to collect items for the patients.
Angie Sauceda participated in fashion construction, a new event. She constructed a prom dress exhibiting details of the process. She named her project “An Evening of Elegance.”
“We are so blessed to have great youth in Live Oak County who care deeply about FCCLA values: family, career and community. I am so proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization, and have students who truly are leaders,” said Carroll.
“The passion that the students put into their projects has been the biggest payoff for me and has also been an asset to our school and community. By investing their time and energy into their projects, they have improved the quality of our campuses, raised awareness of issues relevant to our community and grown as individuals. I have seen them grow more confident in their leadership skills and thereby improve their speaking abilities. FCCLA focuses on leadership at home, in careers and in our community and our STAR event teams have certainly fulfilled the intent of this Family and Consumer Science organization,” Coquat said.
The FCCLA state qualifiers will travel to Houston on April 14-16 for the competition.