In March, 14 members of the Ponce de Leon High School FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America), attended the FCCLA State Leadership Conference in Orlando. While at the conference they competed in competitive events. These events range Chapter Service Projects to Entrepreneurship.

Members from Ponce de Leon that entered events include: Zach Prescott entered Entrepreneurship. He presented a plan for a small restaurant business. Mackenzie Hicks, Tanner McKinley, and Cary Miller entered Chapter Service Project. They planned an anti-tobacco project for elementary, middle, and high school students. Allie Alford, Lindy Motley, and Alicia Prather entered Chapter Service Project. Their project focused on raising awareness about breast cancer and helping breast cancer patients. Mackenzie Callahan, Leah Caro and Avan Price competed in National Programs in Action. Their project focused on helping families at the Ronald McDonald House in Pensacola. James Grantham and Jesus Hernandez entered the state event, Chapter in Action Scrapbook and won a gold medal. They compiled pictures of the chapter’s activities for the year. Drew Carroll and Kaitlyn Wilkerson entered Life Event Planning and received a Bronze Medal. They completed a financial plan for moving into a dorm room at college.

Ten of these students will be moving on to national competition in Atlanta, Georgia this summer.

Mackenzie Hicks, Tanner McKinley, Cary Miller, Allie Alford, Lindy Motley, Alicia Prather, Mackenzie Callahan, Leah Caro, and Avan Price all earned Gold Medals and will compete at nationals. Zach Prescott won a silver medal and will be competing at nationals.

FCCLA is a national organization that focuses on the family. It is part of the Career and Technical Education programs in high schools across the United States. Each year almost 7,000 middle and high school students compete at national competitions.