VWHS FCCLA Students Awarded Gold Medal at National STAR Event

FCCLA teacher Lynda Ragan, students Allie Etter and Lyrissa Hammons, and Superintendent Vicki Brunn celebrate a gold medal together

FCCLA teacher Lynda Ragan, students Allie Etter and Lyrissa Hammons, and Superintendent Vicki Brunn celebrate a gold medal together at the National STAR Event Competition at National Leadership Conference June 30 - July 4.


Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)’s National Leadership Conference (NLC) was held June 30-July 4 in Anaheim, California. More than 8,700 participants from across the country gathered together to attend leadership and program trainings, hear national speakers, meet youth leaders from across the nation, participate in Competitive Events, and explore colleges and careers.

Over 4,700 FCCLA members competed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events at NLC. 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. Both youth and adults work together in managing the events and serving as evaluators of the participants. Students develop real world skills participating in STAR Events addressing issues of teen violence prevention, traffic safety, family issues, career exploration, and so much more.

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. FCCLA members choose what STAR Event they would like to compete in, events vary from Early Childhood Education, Entrepreneurship, and Sports Nutrition to Fashion Design, Job Interview, and Culinary Arts.

In order to advance to the national level in a STAR Event, members first compete at the district and state level. Lyrissa and Allie competed in Interior Design at FCCLA’s National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California and received a gold medal in the event.

Lyrissa Hammons and Allie Etter pose with their FCCLA project

Lyrissa Hammons and Allie Etter stand with their FCCLA project. 



Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has over 175,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members, and it’s the only career and technical in-school student organization with a central focus on careers that support families. Participation in national FCCLA programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.

For more information on FCCLA, please contact Lynda Ragan at 419-238-3350 or l_ragan@vwcs.net.

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