Jeff West’s Abbott recognized as master adviser by FCCLA
Leslie A. Abbott, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Jefferson West middle and high schools, Meriden, was recognized as a Master Adviser by Family, Career and Community Leaders of America at its national leadership conference held July 10-14 in Anaheim, Calif.
More than 6,300 members, advisers, alumni, and guests attended.
FCCLA’s Adviser Recognition Program seeks to reward outstanding local teachers who make significant contributions to the organization. The Master Adviser program recognizes advisers who have been successful in leading an FCCLA chapter for at least three years. These advisers promote the organization, operate an integrated chapter with a balanced program of work, and facilitate youth-centered activities while keeping abreast of the issues in their field.
Several members from the Jefferson West middle and high school chapters participated in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) at the conference.
Sixth-grade students Anna Mooradian, Delaney Holthaus and Kaileigh Wright received a gold medal for their Chapter Showcase Manual project. Freshmen Emalee McClurg and Alex Thornburgh received a silver medal for their National Programs in Action Student Body project called Fit or Fat: Choice is Yours.
Freshmen Danelle Snodgrass, Tyler Flint and Sarah Allison received the top gold in the Focus on Children Event for the Central and Pacific region of the United States.
The students were presented medals at a recognition session honoring all participants at the Anaheim Convention Center July 14.
FCCLA’s STAR Events are based on the belief that every student is a winner. Competition, evaluation, and recognition all stress cooperation as the basis of success. Both youth and adults work together to manage the events and serve as evaluators of the participants.
“The experiences that FCCLA provides for our students allow them to grow and develop into tomorrow’s successful citizens. Last year’s freshmen have grown so much over the past four years in their leadership abilities since we began our middle school chapter four years ago. They will have three more years with these opportunities to meet other students across Kansas, the United States and Puerto Rico as they run for district and state office, attend regional cluster meetings, and compete at the state and national level in a STAR Event,” Abbott said.
“I know they are excited about working their way toward qualifying to attend the National Leadership Meeting next summer in Orlando. It has been a wonderful journey as both our middle school and high school chapters continue to have successful years,” she said.
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