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Oklahoma CareerTech Students Win at National Event

Oklahoma CareerTech Students Win at National Event

Adair High School team members, Stevie Newell, left, and Kaci Stricklen, advance to the Knowledge Bowl competition at the National Leadership Conference July 7-11 in Nashville, Tenn. Other Oklahoma teams advancing to nationals are Keota and Timberlake.

Twelve Oklahoma members of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America won competitive events at the recent 2012 National Cluster Meeting.

Three chapters also advanced in the Knowledge Bowl competition after participating in the contest at the Cluster Meeting.

“Make Your Mark” was the theme of the meeting in November in Oklahoma City.

Nearly 2,800 attendees from 14 states participated in the weekend of unique opportunities designed to challenge, inform and motivate members and their chapter advisers to explore opportunities available through FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience. The meeting also offered young people the chance to learn more about career exploration, family relationships, self-esteem, youth violence prevention and current issues affecting teens.

“The National Cluster Meetings are designed to allow local students and teachers to take advantage of high-quality leadership training opportunities”, said Denise Morris, FCCLA state adviser.

Sixteen chapters competed in the Knowledge Bowl event. Adair, Keota and Timberlake FCCLA chapters will advance to the Knowledge Bowl competition at the National Leadership Conference July 7-11 in Nashville, Tenn.

Twelve FCCLA members from Oklahoma technology centers and comprehensive high schools took home honors in five categories of the skill demonstration events:

-- Culinary Chicken Fabrication – Debra McCarrell, Metro Tech Center, first; Andre Wood, Metro Tech Center, second; Isbella Jennings, Northwest Classen High School, third.

-- Culinary Food Art – Alexa Marquez, Metro Tech Center, second.

-- Culinary Knife Skills – Jacy Germany, Kingston high School, first, senior division; Lisa Hill, Metro Tech Center, first, occupational division.

-- Impromptu Speaking – Emily Christie, Stilwell High School, second, junior division; Ashley Lynn, Alice Robertson junior High, third, junior division; James Murphy, Sterling High School, third, senior division.

-- Toys That Teach – Summer Enneking, Alice Robertson Junior High, first, junior division; Bali Black, Guthrie High School, second, senior division; Megan Bishop, Guthrie High School, third, senior division.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience 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 the family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers and communities. For more information about Oklahoma FCCLA, go to www.okfccla.net.