Lake Creek’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America competed in the TX FCCLA Regional Competition this weekend and eight students advanced to the state competition in Dallas this April. FCCLA is for students that are enrolled in Family and Consumer Science CTE classes at Lake Creek HS. There are a wide range of categories in which students can compete, making it possible for each student to find an area that meets their interest.
Lexi Zimmerman competed in the Toys that Teach category, placing 4th and advancing to state with her robot creation that helps students learn the alphabet.
Abby McKenzie and Makyna Trero partnered for a project in the Focus on Children category, addressing cyberbullying awareness. The pair placed 1st and advanced to state.
Lauren Dixson competed in Fashion Design, designing and making this beautiful dress.
Melonee Davis and Kalista Warnement partnered in a Chapter Service Project, placing 3rd and advancing to state with their project focused on mental health. The two met with teachers at Keenan ES, sharing their program “Breaking Chains, Building Connections” to bring awareness to the impact that quarantine has had on the mental health of students.
In the topic of Repurpose and Redesign, students were challenged to repurpose recycled material to better the environment. Abby and Emma Carswell partnered to repurpose old t-shirts to create a rug, plant holder and basket. Lauren Fellman repurposed t-shirts to make dog toys, earning 2nd place and a trip to state with her teammates.
For Interior Design, Lily Mayner was given specs for a home and a scenario in which a family needed their home remodeled and designed to accommodate their three year old autistic son’s needs. Lily won 1st place and will be advancing to state.
In the category of Professional Presentation, Annie Hachtel received 1st place and a trip to state with her research and presentation on teen suicide awareness and prevention.
“Being a competitor in FCCLA gives our students a fabulous opportunity to learn presentation skills, networking abilities and work in an area that might interest them for a future career,” FCCLA sponsor Angela Alvarez said. “I’m so proud of the way these girls followed through on their projects and were able to build confidence and better their skills beyond a classroom setting.”
Students that compete in FCCLA gain employability skills and industry insight using what they learn in their Family and Consumer Science classes. Students explore career pathways and address important personal, work and societal issues and can even earn scholarship opportunities from their involvement.
Congratulations to the students that advanced to the FCCLA State Competition in April and to all of those that competed and are using their CTE classes to consider their career opportunities after their education at Lake Creek HS.