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Family & career leaders attend state conference

WP’s third Junior Leader, Abby Baxter, and her partner, Abbie Griswold competed in the Promote & Publicize FCCLA! event, earning a bronze award. Abby Baxter also handled Junior Leader responsibilities,  including thank you skits for sponsoring organizations and businesses and the JL raffle. Previously, she  attended the Summer Leadership and Fall Planning conferences where she developed leadership skills with her fellow JLs. 

Abby Sanchez and Kirsten Marcin competed in the Focus on Children event and presented their project that involved visits to Mrs. Head’s and Mrs. Croft-Driscoll’s classrooms, where they facilitated a friendship activity with elementary students. The pair earned a silver award and are eligible for the National Competition. Two students, Alex Baxter and Malcom Johnson (former Junior Leader and STAR Event competitor) acted as room consultants, assisting evaluators, keeping time, and acting with great professionalism in regards to confidentiality during the entire conference. 

Our students represented the district admirably, earning the “Youth at its Best Award,” which is presented by the hotel or conference center where the conference is located. The criteria for this award include professionalism, respect, manners, kindness and more. Our FCCLA chapter also earned recognition for collecting the most pounds of pop tabs. Through the TRA Pop Tab Collection Contest and donations throughout the school year, we were able to report 140 pounds of pop tabs which will be delivered to the Ronald McDonald House in Syracuse later this spring. Thank you so much to the Whitney Point community for their continued support! 

The students also participated in the FCCLA state project by holding a penny wars competition at the high school, and then using the funds to purchase items to donate to the Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse. 

Last, but definitely not least, our WP Board of Education earned the Board of Education Award for their continued support of our FCCLA chapter here in Whitney Point. Without their support, we would not be able to attend the leadership conferences and workshops where our students are learning valuable skills, meeting new people, gaining opportunities they may not otherwise experience, and even making new friends from all over New York State.

This year, FCCLA has one member graduating and moving on to further her education in order to become a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher.  Abbie Griswold was recognized at the state conference during closing session as the future of FCS! With a shortage of FCS teachers in the state and across the nation, her teachers are excited to have her joining our wonderful field!

Ms. Thomas, the high school Family and Consumer Science teacher, served as the NYS Officer trainer for this conference. Of the ten students, four high school students competed in “Students Taking Action for Recognition”(STAR) events. WP’s third Junior Leader, Abby Baxter, and her partner, Abbie Griswold competed in the Promote & Publicize FCCLA! event, earning a bronze award. Abby Baxter also handled Junior Leader responsibilities,  including thank you skits for sponsoring organizations and businesses and the JL raffle. Previously, she  attended the Summer Leadership and Fall Planning conferences where she developed leadership skills with her fellow JLs. 

Abby Sanchez and Kirsten Marcin competed in the Focus on Children event and presented their project that involved visits to Mrs. Head’s and Mrs. Croft-Driscoll’s classrooms, where they facilitated a friendship activity with elementary students. The pair earned a silver award and are eligible for the National Competition. Two students, Alex Baxter and Malcom Johnson (former Junior Leader and STAR Event competitor) acted as room consultants, assisting evaluators, keeping time, and acting with great professionalism in regards to confidentiality during the entire conference. 

Our students represented the district admirably, earning the “Youth at its Best Award,” which is presented by the hotel or conference center where the conference is located. The criteria for this award include professionalism, respect, manners, kindness and more. Our FCCLA chapter also earned recognition for collecting the most pounds of pop tabs. Through the TRA Pop Tab Collection Contest and donations throughout the school year, we were able to report 140 pounds of pop tabs which will be delivered to the Ronald McDonald House in Syracuse later this spring. Thank you so much to the Whitney Point community for their continued support! 

The students also participated in the FCCLA state project by holding a penny wars competition at the high school, and then using the funds to purchase items to donate to the Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse. 

Last, but definitely not least, our WP Board of Education earned the Board of Education Award for their continued support of our FCCLA chapter here in Whitney Point. Without their support, we would not be able to attend the leadership conferences and workshops where our students are learning valuable skills, meeting new people, gaining opportunities they may not otherwise experience, and even making new friends from all over New York State.

This year, FCCLA has one member graduating and moving on to further her education in order to become a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher.  Abbie Griswold was recognized at the state conference during closing session as the future of FCS! With a shortage of FCS teachers in the state and across the nation, her teachers are excited to have her joining our wonderful field!

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