Numerous Mason County High School FCCLA students will be attending the national competition in Atlana, Ga. this summer.
Family Consumer and Community Leaders of America holds a state competition each year, where students can present projects they have completed. Those who place in the state competition will go on the nationals.
This year, 40 MCHS students will attend nationals, according to FCCLA Advisor Shannon Roberts.
“We had 40 kids that attended,” she said. “They competed in STAR events, which is students taking action with recognition. They do projects within the schools and communitites and then present their projects in front of a panel.”
According to Roberts, the students who placed included Noah Dunaway and Josh Coleman, firs place in Chapter in Review Display; Asher Braughton, Drew Denham and Dillon Osgood, second place in Sports Nutrition; Erin Hasler and Meya Myrick, second place in Chapter Service Project Display; Hannah Applegate, Maddie McDowell and Abigail Spencer, second place in Advocacy; Jenna Planck, Sydney Lilley and Stacey Williams, second place in Food Innovations; Alyssa Cracraft, Kendra Shoemaker and Lexie Burns, first place in Food Innovations; Maegan Jones and Riley Horch, first place in Promote and Publicize FCCLA.
Applegate said the project she, McDowell and Spencer worked on was for Jenna’s Law, House Bill 101, which will change KRS 510.020 to state that a 16 or 17-year-old is incapable of consent when the other person involved is 28 years old or older. It would also amend KRS 510.060 to add third-degree rape when a person who is age 28 or older has intercourse with a person 16 or 17 years old.
Cracraft, Shoemaker and Burns created a recipe for an Oishi Oishi Wasabi Cheescake.
“We had to create a traditionally American dessert with an international touch,” Cracraft said. “It’s not everyday you come up with a foriegn flavor that you incorporate into a dessert, and even though you may not use those things in the real world, it stills gives you the opportunity to enhance your public speaking and leadership skils for down the road. We were new to the experience, but we really enjoyed it and we received first place, so we’re excited to be representing our school at nationals.”
Other projects included a fitness and nutrition plan and a sepsis awareness and fundraising effort.
Roberts said she als wanted to recognize Olivia O’Hearn for completing her office as 2017-2018 Kentucky Vice President of Parliamentary Law and Dunaway for being elected as 2018-2019 Kentucky FCCLA State President.
Roberts said Dunaway is the first male president of FCCLA in 15 years.
“I have several goals for my time as state president,” Dunaway said. “One of those includes increasing male membership. Out of 4,000 members in the state, only about 400 are male. I also want to increase the amount of affiliated and active chapters across the state. We’re going to make a tool kit to implement on our website to give to chapters across the state to help them affiliate easier and do STAR events better. My last goal is to bring us into the 21st century a little more. We do well on social media, but our website isn’t used that much, so we’re going to try to beef that up.”
Dunaway said though the conference can be stressful, it is also rewarding.
“For me, it was stressful, because I was running for a state office, but at the state leadership conferences, it prepares us for adult life,” he said. “There are workshops for time management and other issues. They’re really encouraging. I’ve made some of my best friends that I never would have met had it not been for FCCLA.”