Cold Springs FCCLA students took home an array of honors at state conference, with one student advancing to compete nationally.
On March 9-10, 2017, Cold Springs FCCLA students attended the FCCLA State Meeting in Montgomery. Members throughout Alabama gathered to increase their leadership skills, explore career options, compete in the state FCCLA STAR Events and elect a new team of state officers. With FCCLA there are unlimited opportunities for our youth.
This year Cold Springs had a student, Matthew Blair, to run for the FCCLA Executive Council Officer position. Matthew ran for this office with 10 other young adults from all over Alabama. Only six are chosen for the Executive Council. Matthew gave his speech and answered an on stage question to over 800 members, advisors, and guests. Matthew was voted in by his peers. He will be required to represent the state of Alabama at state and national meetings.
Cold Springs FCCLA had five students to complete the “Power of One” projects and be recognized at the state meeting: Rachel Haynes, Jessica Roden, Andrew Blair, Matthew Blair, and Stormy Schmidt received a certificate of completion.
Power of One helps students find and use their personal power. Each youth created a “Power of One” project that relates to one of the following five units:
A better you: Improve personal traits.
Family ties: Get along better with family members.
Working on working: Explore work options, prepare for a career, or sharpen skills useful in business.
Take the lead: Develop leadership qualities.
Speak out for FCCLA: Tell others about positive experiences in FCCLA.
Cold Springs students also competed in the FCCLA STAR Events Competition. These are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation.
Rachel Haynes competed in the Career Investigation category and won gold. Her project title was “Labor Lawyer.” She will be representing the state of Alabama in this category at Nationals this summer in Nashville.
Matthew Blair, Raegan Lindsey, and Stormy Schmidt won gold in the Illustrated Talk category. They presented about teen depression and suicide.
Jessica Roden placed silver in the Life Event Planning category. Her topic was, “Dedication to a Preacher”. She planned, organized, and presented her project.
Kylie Gann and Samantha Willcutt won bronze in the Focus on Children category. They discussed and presented the topic of “Living with Hypopituitarism.” The girls wanted other students to understand what it is like to live with this. One of the girls cousins was born with this.
FCCLA has provided unlimited possibilities for our young adults at Cold Springs and other area schools. Its helps prepare today’s teens for tomorrow’s workforce. It provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities for students in Family and Consumer Sciences. Advisor is Stephanie Blair.