Tonganoxie FCCLA members bring home gold from national contest
Tonganoxie's Family, Career and Community Leaders of America won gold at the FCCLA national competition July 1-7 in San Diego.
Jared Lamb and A.J. Demaranville received a gold medal in the applied technology event. They did a PowerPoint presentation on landscaping.
Emily Hughes and Alex Kissinger received a gold medal in the interpersonal communications event. They had worked with seventh-graders concerning communications and prepared a presentation about their project. Also attending the National Leadership meeting was Amie Riddle, who is district president for more than 25 schools in the Tonganoxie area for the coming school year. Rachel Bouza ran for a national office and came close, but was not named a national officer.
The 200 members from Kansas also received the Ultimate Image Award. The National Executive Council looked at behavior, dress and how they presented themselves during the week. This was the first time this award has been given at the national meeting.
More than 5,200 FCCLA members from across the country attend the event. FCCLA celebrated its 60th birthday with the theme "60 years strong -- where you belong." Members attended workshops concerning the many issues and challenges facing youth, such as future careers, youth violence, community service and family relations.
FCCLA has more than 220,000 members and nearly 7,000 chapters from 50 states. During the past year, Tonganoxie had 96 members. The organization started as FHA, Future Homemakers of America, in 1945.
Also attending the meeting were advisers Pam Lamb and Heather DeMaranville. Larry, Ginger and Andrew Bouza made the trip in support of Rachel Bouza. Tammy Kissinger also attended.