Twelve Students Earn Gold Awards at FCCLA State Leadership Conference

News Release
May 03, 2018

Twelve Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students won Gold awards in STAR events at the 2018 Virginia Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) state leadership recognition conference held in Virginia Beach.  STAR events are a series of competitive events that enable students to demonstrate proficiency and achievement in leadership and job-related skills.

Gold winners were:
•    Elizabeth Press of Madison High School, Teach and Train.
•    Arabella Cyre of Sandburg Middle School, Nutrition and Wellness.
•    Abby Garcia and Elle McNally of City of Fairfax FCCLA, Focus on Children.
•    Miranda Cespedes, Yale Kim, and Emily Sarber of City of Fairfax FCCLA, Food Innovations.
•    Hana Ismail, Juli Luckabaugh, and Riley Sarber of City of Fairfax FCCLA, Promote and Publicize.
•    James Brandow and Emma Sachs of Lake Braddock Secondary School, Life Event Planning.

Silver winners included: 
•    Helen Frazier, Setareh Nasvaderani, and Jessica Prisbe of Madison High School, Advocacy.
•    Rachel Kennealy, Jackie Paredes, and Christina Prisbe of Madison High School, Life Event Planning.
•    Sierra Platt of Herndon Middle School, Entrepreneurship.
•    Britt Trucksess of Herndon Middle School, Life Event Planning.
•    Elissa Steil of Herndon Middle School, Recycle and Redesign.
•    Hope Peters and Diego Santiago of City of Fairfax FCCLA, Advocacy. 
•    Naomi Daniels and Kayleigh Williams of City of Fairfax FCCLA, Chapter Service Project Display.
•    Jacob Meert and Joshua Meert of Lake Braddock Secondary School, Entrepreneurship. 

Winners of Bronze awards were:
•    Denali Mason of Sandburg Middle School, Teach and Train.
•    Dianna Rivera of Sandburg Middle School, Life Event Planning.
•    Kenneth Nguyen and Jaden Annan of Herndon Middle School, Interpersonal Communication.
•    Isabella Ghile of Herndon Middle School, Advocacy.
•    Vincent Nguyen and Daniel Robles of Herndon Middle School, Promote and Publicize.
•    Molly Miners of Herndon Middle School, Teach and Train.
•    Mya Haynes and Julie McElree of South County High School, Food Innovations.

Annabella Mason and Cecilia Morales Barraza of West Potomac High School won recognition for their school’s FCCLA chapter website.

West Potomac High School student Winnie Mikulski received special recognition for serving as the 2017-18 Virginia FCCLA vice president of programs. Laura Stravach of Fairfax High School was elected to serve as the vice president of membership for the 2018-19 school year.

National Program in Action awards were received by Jacob Major of Fairfax High School for Japanese Exchange, a scholarship opportunity to travel to Japan as an exchange student; and Denali Mason of Sandburg Middle School for Student Body, a peer education program that encourages students to make healthy choices.   

Forty-three students from the seven FCPS chapters of FCCLA participated in the weekend leadership training conference that included workshops and sessions that challenged, informed, and motivated them and their advisers to learn more about leadership.    

The top winners in each of the national STAR Events will have an opportunity to compete in Atlanta at the National Leadership Conference June 28- July 2.   

FCCLA is a national student organization that encourages young men and women to become leaders and address personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences Education programs. Competitors who earned first place awards are eligible to advance to the national competition in San Diego this summer.  

*The City of Fairfax FCCLA is composed of students who attend Fairfax County public schools located in Fairfax City.  
For more information, contact Reggie Morrone at 571-423 4528 or