The San Saba High School, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America STAR Events, junior category team, won 1st place in the Focus on Children contest held at the FCCLA State Leadership Conference in Galveston this last weekend.
Regan Hartranft, Audrey Pierce, and Bonnie Hunt received a 1st place medallion and plaque before an audience of 3800 delegates. These local FCCLA members competed against 23 other Texas teams for the state title. They will compete at the National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, July 13-17, 2008. Only first place state winners advance to the national contest. This is the third year that a local FCCLA team has advanced to national competition.
Nathania Cisneroz, who was elected as state vice president of public relations assumed her official responsibilities for the 2008-2009 school year during the installation of officers. Nathania has previously served two years as FCCLA Region II Vice President of Recreation and Vice President of Community Service. Nathania will also be attending the National Leadership Conference this summer where she will begin a year of intensive leadership training with USA Leadership, Ultimate State Officer Academy.
Selleca Robles and Jennifer Anaya won 3rd place in the National Programs in Action, junior category, competition. STOP THE VIOLENCE was the national FCCLA program under which their project was developed. “Love is Not Abuse,” centered on a slide show presentation to the local high school student body concerning dating violence. They also presented the program to the San Saba County Domestic Violence Task Force who supplied pamphlets and posters for distribution to high school students.
Jimma Hicks placed 5th in the state Job Interview, senior category, contest. Jimma developed a professional portfolio concerning her qualifications for employment. In addition to the portfolio, the contest requires that Jimma be interviewed by a panel of judges who rate each contestant on professional attire, personal presentation, and communication skills. Jimma competed against 29 teams for the honor of receiving the plaque before the Texas FCCLA delegation.
Heather Spence, Beka Wright, and Natasha Hernandez competed in the senior category of the Focus on Children contest. Their project involved presenting a program to local 3rd grade students about the importance of healthy eating habits. Congratulations to this team for their hard work and outstanding performance. They competed against 29 other schools in Texas.
Mary Miller, Amanda Jones, and Kristen Sheppard participated in the Leadership Enhancement Opportunities (LEO) contest. Mary and Amanda received a silver certificate and Kristen received a bronze certificate.
In addition to the general sessions at the state conference, the San Saba delegates attended leadership tracks, enjoyed an afternoon on the beach, experienced the Rainforest Café, and spent an evening at Schlitterbahn with the other 3800 delegates. The San Saba delegation was accompanied to Galveston by Maria Cisneroz, Virginia Gonzales, and Jane Carter, FCCLA advisor. (See additional pictures on page 9.)