(Edison, NJ – November 25, 2013) County Prep FCCLA members joined over 750 students, teachers and alumni in the 2013 Fall Leadership Connection of the Family Career and Community Leaders of America held at Pines Manor. Students were able to listen to the motivating words of the keynote speaker, Jim Steffen, about fun and fitness, participate in fall competitive events, and take part in hands-on interactive workshops. The goal of the fall Leadership Connection is to motivate student participation in FCCLA events and encourage leadership development. Participation in the Fall Leadership Connection always leaves a lasting impression on the students as it makes them more aware of the importance of family life, career preparation and leadership in action and service.
Students from all over the state of New Jersey showcased their skills in eleven competitive events such as Tune Into FCCLA, which challenged students to design a 3 minute video commercial for their local FCCLA chapter; and career focused events like Passion for Fashion which combines skills taught in a fashion studies classroom with students’ implementing their personal unique sense of style in creating outfits for Barbie dolls or American Girl Dolls.
The conference’s most popular event The Cupcake Challenge, also took place during the day. Teams of students from high schools all over New Jersey created their own unique recipe for cupcakes incorporating a surprise ingredient and displayed the cupcakes creatively. The cupcakes were judged on taste and texture and overall appeal; then, the cupcakes were sold to the conference participants. All proceeds from the cupcake sale are donated to the organization, Share Our Strength, which aims to end child hunger in America by the year 2015. FCCLA members also continued its tradition of collecting canned goods for the Middlesex County Food Bank, and collected pull tabs for the Ronald McDonald House.
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. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.
The following students were awarded medals in the FCCLA challenges.
Tune Into FCCLA
Place Gold – Jessica Jardin, Ralph Ocasio, Erick Veletanga
Fashion for Passion
18” Doll Category
1st place Gold and Scholarship to Berkley College Summer Program - Tanya Ponce
Gold - Mia Malmad, Stephanie Napolitano,
Silver - Caroline Mercado
11” Doll Category
1st Place Gold and Scholarship to Berkley College Summer Program - Diamond Vasquez
Gold - Amanda Carter, Caitlyn Lindquist, Thu Anh Ly, Jeanine Martinez, Amelia Ousman, Natasha Rivera
Silver - Ibeliz Aviles, Mayra Morales
Bronze - Victoria Garcia
Apple Bake Off
2nd Silver and $1000 Scholarship to CIA – Eva Beshay
Silver- Athena Bellotti
Bronze - Adrian Santiago
Team White Gold - Natalie Blanco, Jalid Castro, Tiffany Gomez
Team Gold Gold - Dantricia Delancy, Elias Statham
Team Black 2nd Place Gold - Valerie O’Higgins, Adrian Santiago, Antonia Tsielepas
Principal Barbara Mendolla congratulates the students on their determination, hard work and outstanding accomplishments. She also acknowledges instructors, Mrs. Janet Patten, Mr. Gerard Patten, Chef Kevin Collins and Chef Palsi who spent countless hours preparing and guiding the students for the competition.
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