Students Earn Medals at 2019 FCCLA National Competition

News Release
September 17, 2019

Three students from Fairfax County Public Schools earned gold medals in competitive events at the 2019 FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) National Leadership Conference held this summer in Anaheim. A total of 30 Family and Consumer Sciences-related competitive events called STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) were offered. These events support foundational, leadership, and workplace skills in areas such as advocacy, culinary arts, and entrepreneurship.

Gold Medal winners were: 
•    Skyler Kim of Lake Braddock Secondary School, Entrepreneurship Sr. STAR Event.
•    Lauren Mickelson of Lake Braddock Secondary School, Sports Nutrition Jr. STAR Event.
•    Emily Sarber of Fairfax High School, Career Investigation Jr.

Earning Silver Medals were:
•    Taralyn Bailey, MacKenzie Hinton, and MaKaila Luellen of Sandburg Middle School, Focus on Children, STAR Event.
•    Caitlyn Clark and Sierra Warden of Lanier Middle School, Focus on Children Jr.

Recipients of Bronze Medals included:
•    Isabella Irwin, Winnie Mikulski, Henry Porter, and Carolena Schlacter of West Potomac High School, Parliamentary Procedure Sr., STAR Event.

Special recognition was awarded to Sandburg Middle School as the FCCLA 2019 National Career Connection Middle School Winner and 2019 Families First Middle School Winner. Each award came with a $1,000 prize for the chapter.   

Susan von Schaack received the FCCLA Master Adviser Award; she served as adviser for the Fairfax High and Lanier Middle School chapters.

The FCCLA is a national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and addresses 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.

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