FCCLA shines at Region II Conference

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GRHS FCCLA members strived for greatness at the Region II Leadership Conference in Waco March 6-7, as six teams from the school qualified for state. Students pictured are (back row, l-r) Nicole Vara, Grace Hill, Oscar Suarez, Bari Douglas, Joey Adams, James Gillentine, (front row, l-r) Destinee Austin, Bailey Bason, Martha Gonzalez, Jenni Herrera, Daisy Pena, Yanin Martinez and Ashley Hang. Not pictured are student Grace Payne, advisor Jill Lawson and chaperone Lorrie McCravey.

While most students were gearing up for spring break, the Glen Rose High School Chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) was busy achieving success, as it attended the Region II Conference in Waco on March 6-7 in which six GRHS teams qualified for state competition.

Fifteen GRHS FCCLA chapter members were among 800 delegates and advisors attending the conference. The meeting featured a series of specialized leadership tracks and general sessions in which members discovered ways to become actively involved in issues facing today’s youth.

Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) are competitive events in which members participated at the regional meeting. These events allowed members to showcase their life skills in different areas of competition.

GRHS teams that competed in Region II and qualified for state included Chapter In Review member Nicole Vara (5th); Chapter Service Project members Yanin Martinez, Jennifer Herrera and Grace Payne (6th); Career Investigation member Daisy Pena (6th); Recycle and Redesign Jr. member Ashley Hang (2nd); Illustrated Talk OS member Bailey Bason (2nd) and Focus on Children Jr. members Grace Hill and Destinee Austin (3rd).

James Gillentine served as the GRHS chapter voting delegate and competed in the Family and Consumer Science Assessments (FCSAs). He received a silver medal in the FCSA Etiquette. The GRHS FCCLA Culinary Arts team of Martha Gonzalez, Oscar Suarez and Joey Adams represented their school well, as they competed against 43 teams from across the state.

Bari Douglas was elected to serve as the FCCLA Region II president for the 2015-16 school year. The GRHS chapter would like to thank Lorrie McCravey for helping it achieve success and for serving as a chaperone for the Region II event.

"We are honored to have Mrs. McCravey as an advocate for our GRHS FCCLA program," said Jill Lawson, FCCLA advisor. "We would also like to recognize and thank Lynn Bowles and Julio Villasana for serving as judges for the conference."

Glen Rose FCCLA is gearing up for its State FCCLA Leadership Conference in Corpus Christi in April.