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Sara Jo Fain, Lanie Brown place third nationally in FCCLA competition

Sara Jo Fain and Lanie Brown placed third in the nation with their Promote and Publicize FCCLA presentation; and react to their win online.

Not even a global pandemic can stop Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members from making a difference in their families, careers, and communities. Although this school year looked a bit different, FCCLA members’ perseverance, tenacity, and resilience shined through as students nationwide participated in Student Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) Event projects. 

The top STAR Event competitors from each state advanced to compete virtually at the 2021 Hybrid National Leadership Conference, June 27-July 2.

Sara Jo and Lanie competed in Promote and Publicize FCCLA and were awarded the first place gold medal in their STAR Event category at the Region and State level! They took each win as motivation to prepare for National competition! They were recognized for their accomplishments at FCCLA’s 2021 Hybrid National Leadership Conference and brought home third place in the Nation!

“I am so proud of these girls! As ninth graders at Seminole County Middle High School and first time competitors, we couldn’t ask for anything better,” commented SCMHS FCCLA advisor Jennifer Hodges.

STAR Events are Competitive Events in which members are recognized for their proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. STAR Events allow student to compete individually or as a team. There are more than 30 STAR Events students can choose to compete in, all which recognize participants who demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities to actively identify an issue concerning families, careers, or communities, research the topic, and develop and implement a project to advocate for positive change.

Both youth and adults work together in managing the events and serving as evaluators of the participants. STAR Events aim to support student development of knowledge and skills by enhancing the classroom experience and Career Pathway initiatives by equipping students with employable skills and industry insights needed to thrive in the 21st century.

In order to advance to compete on the national level in a STAR Event, members first compete at the region/district and state level. 


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