• April 18, 2024

    Three earn medals at FCCLA state conference

    FCCLAThree Upper St. Clair High School juniors earned award medals at the Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference, which was held March 18-20, 2024, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Sophie Einfeldt and Olivia Fuscaldo earned gold medals in Fashion Design, and Raegan Kuhn earned a silver medal in the Repurpose and Redesign category.

    FCCLA is a national student organization that helps young men and women develop leadership while learning employability skills in four career pathways: Human Services, Hospitality and Tourism, Education and Training, and Visual Arts and Design. This is the first year for the FCCLA chapter at Upper St. Clair High School. Ms. Nikki Colella, family and consumer sciences teacher, serves as the club’s adviser.

    “FCCLA focuses on leadership and life skills, including intrapersonal communication skills, decision-making, goal setting and problem-solving,” Ms. Colella said. “Students are involved in community service and have the opportunity to compete at the state and national level in a variety of events.”

    Upper St. Clair’s FCCLA club currently has 14 members. Students who are interested in learning more about FCCLA, can contact Mrs. Colella at ncolella@uscsd.k12.pa.us.

    At the state leadership conference, students had the opportunity to compete in 30 different STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) events, which recognize members for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills and occupational preparation. Events use a point system to award gold and silver medals and bronze certificates.

    STAR events include Baking and Pastry; Career Investigation; Chapter in Review Display; Chapter in Review Portfolio; Chapter Service Project Display; Chapter Service Project Portfolio; Culinary Arts; Early Childhood Education; Entrepreneurship; Event Management; Fashion Construction; Fashion Design; Focus on Children; Food Innovations; Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation; Interior Design; Interpersonal Communications; Job Interview; Leadership; National Programs in Action; Nutrition and Wellness; Parliamentary Procedure; Professional Presentation; Promote and Publicize FCCLA; Public Policy Advocate; Repurpose and Redesign; Say Yes to FCS Education; Sports Nutrition; Sustainability Challenge; and Teach or Train.