Howell High School students Jessica Pennala and Joni Pennala traveled to Anaheim, Calif., to compete at the National Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) competitive events. At the event, the students earned a silver medal in their project category. The pair qualified for the national competition by winning a gold medal and earning the highest score in their category at the Michigan FCCLA Star competition earlier this year.
The students competed in the advocacy category and presented on a project they completed to help address homelessness in Livingston County. As part of their project, the students organized a collection drive for personal hygiene products. The drive collected almost 1,000 items which were turned into personal hygiene packages and distributed to those in need. Additionally, Pennala and Pennala presented to multiple Howell High School classes about the research they conducted for their project.
Aside from competing in the Star Events, the students also attended several workshops at the National FCCLA Conference. This year marked the fourth year in a row that students from Howell High School have advanced to the National FCCLA STARS competitive events.
Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences education in public and private schools through grade 12. Everyone is part of a family, and FCCLA is the only national career and technical student organization with the family as its central focus. Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making a difference in their families, careers, and communities by addressing important personal, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education.