Howell HS students earn honors at state leadership conference

Students in Howell High School’s Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) club recently participated in the Michigan FCCLA State Leadership Conference. Held virtually, the conference included the opportunity for the students to compete in various events, ranging from culinary arts and teaching to career exploration and community service.

The highest-scoring students at the conference earn the chance to represent Michigan at FCCLA’s National Leadership Conference (hybrid) in Nashville, Tenn. In the competitive events, Lacey Parton earned a Gold Medal and advanced to the national conference. Working as a team, Victoria Squires, Priscila Garcia-Bonilla, and Benjamin Squires also earned Gold Medals; however, they did not advance to the national conference.

Lacey Parton competed in a Professional Presentation category where she shared about the importance of Mental Health. Parton shared her presentation with students and staff at Howell High School. She has also worked with the school’s Lighthouse group to promote student well-being, and she advocated in Lansing for a proposal that would require the suicide hotline number to be included on student ID cards.

Victoria Squires, Priscila Garcia-Bonilla, and Benjamin Squires competed in the Focus on Children category. The students meet with district administrators and used information learned in child development courses to design a play area for students enrolled in begindergarten.

In addition to the students who earned Gold Medals, Theresa Schroeder was also recognized during the conference. She participated in the Power of One Program in which members identify a personal concern and then work to achieve their goal by developing a project in each of the following areas: self-improvement, strengthening family life, exploring careers, developing leadership skills, and promoting the organization. Schroeder will also receive recognition at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference.

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 the family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.

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