Five Glen Rose High School students who participated in the FCCLA State Leadership Conference April 4-7 in Dallas qualified to advance to the nationals.

Lexi Sanchez, Laney Whitefield, Jordin Voss, Abby Payne and Lilia Juarez will be representing Texas FCCLA and GRHS at the National FCCLA conference June 27-July 2 in Atlanta, Georgia after receiving some of the top scores in the state in their respected event and category.

In all, 11 meambers of the GRHS Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Chapter joined more than 4,100 other FCCLA members from across Texas participating in the FCCLA State Leadership Conference at the Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center in Dallas.

The top two in each category qualified for the national event, plus alternates in cases when one of the top two is unable to go.

Alexandria Sanchez won first place in state with her Advocacy Occupational project, “Bee Responsible.” GRHS freshman Laney Whitefield placed second in Entrepreneurship, Junior, with her development of a bakery business.

The team of Jordin Voss and Abby Payne placed third in the state after presenting their Focus on Children, Senior project, “Cooking Matters Kids Camp.”

Richard Sanford placed third in State in Applied Math for Culinary Arts, Senior event. Lilia Juarez, our Region II VP of Competitive Events, received a Bronze Medal in the Family and Consumer Science Step One Assessment.

Carson Osborne, Orrin Miller and Matthew Locke advanced to state after receiving seventh place (alternate) at the Region II Conference with their Food Innovation Project where they had to develop a new food product using a scenario.

Marissa Beaman competed at State in the Career Investigation event with her project designed to help her explore a future career.

Ashley Hang served as student evaluator in the Recycle and Redesign event.

Ashley was also recognized at the conference for being selected as one of the 14 FCCLA students from across the nation who received the 2017 Kikkoman/FCCLA Japanese Exchange Program Scholarship.

The entire GRHS FCCLA Chapter was recognized at the State level for being an Outstanding GOLD Chapter for the chapters involvement this year and completed a well-rounded program of work related to state and national programs, public relations, service learning, and fundraising.

We would like to thank all of those who support our FCCLA chapter and a special thanks to Lynn Bowles, Mary Ruth Wirt and Jared Hammer for serving as evaluators for our chapter and to Stacey Voss and Landi Whitefield for serving as chaperones at the conference while Mrs. Lawson served as Lead Consultant of the Serving Up Success two-day event.

For more information on how you can support FCCLA, contact Jill Lawson at (254) 898-3844 or lawsji@grisd.net or check out www.texasfccla.org.