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Students bring home awards

By Vivian Risch, Contributor

Union County High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and sponsor Jennifer Brannon attended the FCCLA State Leadership Conference in Indianapolis, March 8-10.

Four UC FCCLA members, Madi Neal, Jennie Mescher, Ellie Pitcher and Kylie Hetzer competed in multiple Star projects with much success.

Madi and Jennie came back excited after attending several mini-sessions including career and college readiness, healthy relationships and a presentation from Miss Indiana USA on setting goals and being sucessful.

Ellie and Kylie were not able to attend the conference due to their involvement with the UCHS “Into the Woods” musical.

“Madison Neal presented her Job Interview portfolio in front of three judges,” Brannon said. “Job Interview is a National competition, and she received a bronze. I am proud of her for stepping out of her comfort zone.”

All four UC FCCLA members entered posters in “Focus on the Basics,” which involved explaining the basics of FCCLA.

Jennie, Ellie and Kylie entered Career Investigation.

Jennie’s Career Investigation was in the field Nursing and American Sign Language.

Ellie investigated the field of physical therapy.

Kylie’s goal is to become an Elementary Teacher.

All four UCHS FCCLA individuals received medals in the following state events:

•Madi Neal’s bronze is in National Project Job Interview and Focus on the Basics. Madi also submitted an Early Childhood project but results pending are still pending.

•Kylie Hetzer’s silver is in Focus on the Basics and silver in Career Investigation.

•Jennie Mescher’s bronze is in Focus on the Basics and silver in Career Investigation.

•Ellie Pitcher’s silver is in Focus on the Basics and bronze in Career Investigation.

The local FCCLA also received and award for increase in membership.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with family as its central focus. Participation in state programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers and communities.

For more information about FCCLA and Family and Consumer Sciences, contact Jennifer Brannon, Union County High School's Family and Consumer Sciences teacher. You may also visit