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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Students participate in national event

  • Sarah Frye and Tanner Klingensmith of Galva and Canton recently participated in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) at Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) 2013 National Leadership Conference.
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  • Sarah Frye and Tanner Klingensmith of Galva and Canton recently participated in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) at Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) 2013 National Leadership Conference.
    Frye is a sophomore at Canton-Galva High School and is the daughter of Brenda and Thomas Frye. Klingensmith is a junior and is the son of Jill and Darin Klingensmith.  They received a Gold medal in environmental ambassador, one of 31 national STAR events available to FCCLA students.
    Their medal was presented at a recognition session honoring all participants at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center on July 11. Thousands of members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the nation attended this meeting.
    About 3,600 students advanced from the local, regional, and state level of STAR events to the national meeting. Frye and Klingensmith were participant in the environmental ambassador STAR event. They used their family and consumer sciences related occupation skills to develop a project on carbon footprints. They presented to several groups as well as put up flyers about recycling.
    “Competing in this STAR event was such a great experience that helped me to understand what we are doing to our earth,” Frye said. “I learned that hard work really does pay off.”
    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.
    Throughout the year, FCCLA members tackle issues, such as teen violence prevention, traffic safety, family issues and career exploration.
    FCCLA programs and competitions enrich student learning, improve self-esteem and serve students with a range of ability levels, economic situations and cultural influences.
    FCCLA is a national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through family and consumer sciences education. FCCLA has more than 200,000 members and more than 6,500 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
    The organization has involved more than 10 million youth since its founding in 1945.
    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.
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