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I have high hopes for Utah FCCLA

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

By Makayla Hendricks, 2014-2015 Utah FCCLA State President

The Utah FCCLA State Conference was held on March 26-27, 2014 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah. This year, attending the state conference was a different experience for me. At this conference I wasn’t just competing and spending a few days with my friends, this year I took a stand. I decided to stand up as a leader and run for State Office. I made the decision to run at the beginning of the school year and had anticipated the conference the entire year. But it was nothing like I had expected it would be.

The moment I stepped on the bus, at 5:30 a.m., I knew that today was the day. Today would be the day I would finally achieve the goal I had spent months preparing for. Riding on a bus at 5:30 a.m. is when most people would catchup on the sleep they had missed. But I was studying. When I arrived at the conference my stomach was already churning. I’m not one to get nervous, but this was quite possibly the biggest thing I had ever attempted to do. I walked into the Davis Conference Center and headed straight to the testing room. As I looked around the room, I saw for the first time the people that could quite possibly become my closest friends and family for the next year. I walked out of that room confident in myself, but still nervous for the rest of my day.

My interview finally rolled around and I walked out of the room with the hope that it had gone as well as I thought it did. The moment I received my letter I didn’t want to open it. For a minute I just stared at it. When I opened the letter and read that precious word “CONGRATULATIONS,” my whole body just relaxed and I took a deep breath. I had done it! My hard work had paid off and here was the proof. During the closing session the 2014-2015 Utah FCCLA State Officers were announced. That is when I learned, to my surprise, that I would be the Utah FCCLA State President.

It is such a great honor to be the new Utah FCCLA State President. People I only met for a few minutes believed in me. That gave me the confidence that I didn’t know I needed. I’m overjoyed to spend the next year leading Utah FCCLA with such talented youth. The other officers will become my best friends and my family, I feel like many of them already have. I have high hopes for Utah FCCLA. I want to raise awareness and show more students the wonderful opportunities they can have by joining FCCLA. By being a member of FCCLA and attending the conferences you feel like you’re a part of something. Presenting a STAR Event and then being recognized at a state and national level shows members their potential.

Through FCCLA I have gained self-confidence, leadership abilities, communication skills, and preparation for my future family and career. When I was in 8th grade, if someone had told me that by joining FCCLA I would not only get me out of school for a few days, but that I would eventually become the Utah FCCLA State President I would have laughed. The person I am today has everything to do with FCCLA, without it I don’t know where I would be.

2014-2015 Utah FCCLA State Officers
Makayla Hendricks – President
Kaitlyn Ferris – First Vice President
Alesha Hurst – VP of Public Relations
Amie Peterson – VP of History
Caitlin Stock – VP of Competitive Events and Programs
Elisabeth Ahlstrom – VP of Membership
Kayla Orton – VP of Community Service
Maddie Barr – VP of Social Media
Wesley Carter – VP of Development

Meet Sarah Smith: Future Family and Consumer Sciences Education Teacher

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

“I have always had a passion for cooking and working with others to solve problems. I now find myself ready to further my education to achieve my career goals. Throughout high school I have been in the ProStart program. Because of this great program, it will be a smooth transition for me to continue my education. I know that in the field of work I am interested in a lot of experience and practice is needed to become great.

“Throughout the past few years I have been given opportunities to gain some experience. I have been able to go to culinary training conferences and participated in catering jobs. Along with these opportunities I have also had some work experience. The jobs that I have had have not only taught me basic food safety, but also how to interact well with others. All of these skills are needed in my future career. I hope to be a FACS teacher. I have been inspired by many of my teachers and their passion to help students like me work hard for a bright future.

“I have completed many CTE courses, and all of these courses have helped me not only learn some of the material that I would have to teach, but how to work in a professional environment.”

Sarah Smith
Provo High School

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Sarah Smith
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology

UtahCTE.org congratulates Sarah Smith on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Utah Valley University. Sarah was one of 96 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

Meet Terry Rawley

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Meet Terry Rawley, Director of Layton High School’s Child Development Center

Though pre-school children and their parents have a deep appreciation for the opportunities extended by Layton High School’s Child Development Center, the focus of the Director of the program is on the participating high school students. The Director, Terry Rawley, acknowledges that not every one of the high school students taking Child Development courses will ultimately achieve the CDA credential, but she expects every one of them will be a better parent or adult role model as a result of what they learn.  Ms. Rawley has a contagious enthusiasm for education, and says that her first criterion for hiring assistants is that they’re in love with education and learning. She works tirelessly to ensure that the environment supports every kind of learning, including caring and kindness. She was particularly excited by the opportunity to re-design the Center about four years ago. Layton High School added a new library, and the old library was reinvented as a place to better serve both the pre-school children and the high school students who work with them. 

Also known as the Early Childhood Education Pathway, the Layton High program serves 250 high school students each semester, and there is always a waiting list for the infants and toddlers who enable the highly interactive learning. There are three groups of these younger learners: infants (0-23 months), ages 2 and 3, and ages 4 and 5. Each young child has the benefit of individual attention from high school students across the course of every day. The Center opens at 7:00 AM each school day, and closes at 4:30 PM – and yes, they serve breakfast, lunch, and two snacks!  Before and after school hours the Center is staffed by paid interns who are working to meet the internship requirements of the CDA credential.  The Foundation courses for the Pathway include Child Development, Early Childhood Education I, and Food & Nutrition I. Specific topics include:

  • Planning a safe, healthy learning environment.
  • Advancing children’s physical and intellectual development.
  • Supporting children’s social and emotional development.
  • Understanding principles of child development.

These topics and others are specified in the CDA credentialing program, and are addressed in the Pathway foundation courses as well as within subsequent elective courses. Students need just 3.00 credits (2.00 credits of Foundation coursework, and 1.00 credit in Electives) to be a Pathway Completer. Those students who pursue the CDA credential must meet additional requirements, including internship hours, and an exam.

The Layton High School Child Development program is just one example of the fabulous opportunities delivered by Utah Career and Technical Education (CTE). Check out Pathways in other CTE Areas by visiting UtahCTE.org, and talk to your school counselor about the opportunities available to you!

FCCLA Is a Part of Me

Friday, April 11th, 2014

By Lindsay Erekson, 2013-2014 Utah FCCLA State President

In March, we had a great Utah FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) State Conference, held at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah. Members had the opportunity to participate in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events. STAR Events are competitive events for FCCLA that cover a variety of topics from Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) specific skills to general career skills and advocacy efforts.

At the conference, FCCLA members heard from Scott Backovich, an exciting keynote speaker, who inspired us to be the catalyst for good in our homes, schools, and communities. During the general sessions many chapters and members where acknowledged and rewarded for their efforts in FCCLA this year. At night students had the opportunity to network and make new friends across the state at our night activity. Our party “Pump it Up” encouraged members to be active and meet new people. At our closing session students were recognized with a bronze, silver, or gold medal for their accomplishments in their STAR Events. Last, but not least, we concluded with the installation of newly elected state officers. We congratulate each one on being chosen to lead the [Utah FCCLA] organization next year. They will do an amazing job.

FCCLA is “The Ultimate Leadership Experience”. In my year serving as the Utah FCCLA State President I have been impressed by all the amazing leaders we have in FCCLA. I have benefited immensely and grown in many ways. One year ago, I never could have imagined speaking in front of a group of more than 1,000 people, or that I would have influence on people I have never met, but this year I have done all of this. I have also had the opportunity to travel to Nashville, Tennessee to attend the FCCLA National Leadership Conference. While there I had the opportunity to learn all sorts of new leadership skills. Then, in October I got to attend FCCLA Capitol Leadership in Washington D.C. I loved learning about the way our government works and I was able to advocate for FCCLA and Career and Technical Education.

FCCLA is a part of me, and a part of all its members. I love the words from the FCCLA Creed:

 We are the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.
We face the future with warm courage and high hope.

I believe that FCCLA members have been prepared to lead in their families, in their careers, (future and present) and in their communities. It is this preparation that causes “warm courage and high hope.” I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to be a part of the adventure of Utah FCCLA.

 

2013-2014 Utah FCCLA State Officers

 

Family and Consumer Sciences Helped Me Discover Who I Am

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

By Lucia Montagnoli
Student at
American Fork High School, Alpine School District
American Fork High School FCCLA Chapter Officer
State Sterling Scholar, Family and Consumer Sciences

FCCLA (Family Career Community Leaders of America) is a student led organization that emphasizes the importance of family, work, school, and community. I became involved with the FCCLA because of my favorite teacher, Mrs. Beck. She promoted FCCLA during one of my classes and I instantly had the desire to be involved. I loved what FCCLA stood for and the amazing experiences it would and does provide.

As an officer, I have attended many leadership conferences which have taught me valuable leadership skills—such as teamwork, time management, and communication. As a leader, I have learned to balance my educational expectations, my officer duties, and my home life. I have developed confidence in myself and learned how to reach out to others.

2013 FCCLA Area Leadership Conference

FCCLA comprises all concepts reflected within Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS). Family and Consumer Sciences is not just something you are involved in. It is who you are. To be educated in this category is to better understand why you are the way you are. The fundamental concepts taught in Family and Consumer Sciences classes have helped develop the world and continue to benefit society.

Early Childhood Education gave me instructions on the beginning stages of teaching children. Adult Roles and Financial Literacy taught me how to transition into the adult world—including how to be financially smart. Clothing educated me on the basic concepts of sewing and the different styles of clothing. Interior Design taught me how to make my home my own, and make it functional, lovely, and stylish. A [CTE] Internship gave me the amazing opportunity to experience career choices and truly begin to shift into the world of an adult. Having participated in so many of these classes, I feel my life is already enriched. I will utilize my knowledge gained and skills acquired to give back and to make the world a better place by offering my unique part.

I am able to use everything I have been taught in my FACS classes and truly apply it to not only my life, but also my future career choice of being a teacher. Family and Consumer Sciences helped me discover who I am and what I want to do with my future.

State Sterling Scholar, Family and Consumer Sciences

Utah ProStart Teams Advance to National ProStart Invitational

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Twenty-five high school ProStart teams throughout the state of Utah competed in the State ProStart Competition finals held at Thanksgiving Point. Amongst the fierce high school student competitors were representatives from the Utah Restaurant Association, teachers, family, and friends. Teams were nervous, but excited to show off their culinary and management skills to impress the judges. Culinary teams had 60 minutes to prep, cook, plate, and then present a three-course meal to the judges. Management teams had 60 minutes to tell the judges about their unique restaurant concept—location, design, menu, and marketing plan— describing the day-to-day operations.

The event was filled with “firsts” as the winners were announced. For the first time in the history of the Utah ProStart finals two teams tied for first place in the culinary competition. Congratulations to Provo High School and Murray High School! Since only one culinary team can advance to the National ProStart Invitational a tie breaker was held to determine which school would advance to the National ProStart Invitational. To break the tie, each team was interviewed for 30 minutes by a team of judges. Congratulations to Murray High School! This ProStart team will now advance to the National ProStart Invitationalculinary competition.

Congratulations to Provo High School! This ProStart team will now advance to the National ProStart Invitationalmanagement competition.

All of the ProStart teams who qualified and competed in the State ProStart Competition finals competed first at a Regional ProStart Competition. At the state competition, each team demonstrated honed culinary or management skills, team work, and demonstrated professionalism.

Awards will be given to the top Utah ProStart teams and programs in the culinary and management competitions on Monday, May 12, 2014 at the University of Utah.

The Murray High School culinary team and the Provo High School management team will now fine-tune their skills as they prepare to represent Utah at the 13th Annual National ProStart Invitational, which will be held May 3-5 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The National ProStart Invitational is the country’s premier high school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts. The Invitational will bring together the top ProStart students from 43 states and territories to showcase their talent, passion, and skill for the opportunity to win $1.4 million in scholarships.

Related articles:
Food Fight: High School Chefs Face-Off
Thanksgiving Point hosts ProStart State cooking competition

 

Garrett Gregory: Student, Designer, and Entrepreneur

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

By Holly Hutchings
Family and Consumer Sciences teacher,
Dixon Middle School, Provo School District
Mrs. Hutchings classroom

I have a boy named Garrett Gregory in my FACS Exploration sewing class. Garrett has been coming to my class regularly, but having a hard time being motivated to learn. He was hesitant about the subject and thought he was too cool to learn how to sew. I talked with Garrett about his ideas and about what he could make in the class. I told him to come up with something that would be interesting to him. He thought about it and asked, “Could I put a printed pocket on a T-shirt.” This is a popular T-shirt style boys are wearing. As Garrett pondered further, he came up with the idea to make these T-shirts and sell them as a business. He is so excited about this idea right now that he is spending every spare moment in my classroom working on his T-shirts. Needless to say, in the process he is gaining so many skills.

“When I started taking this class I didn’t really like the idea because I thought it was a girly class. I liked to sew, but I was sure that it was for girls. . . Then I was trying to think of an idea of what I could do for a project, and I found out that I could make some money by selling these cool shirts to my friends. Then, I got really excited about coming to class so I could get the shirts done,” says Garrett.

Garrett is so excited about his sewing project that he is calling it “his own business.” All of the students in class are talking about Garrett’s project and he has a little group of followers who are helping him and getting excited about the T-shirts he is making. They think it is the coolest thing they have ever seen. Seth Johnson is one of Garrett’s “followers” and is also his assistant. This could very easily be a starting point for Garrett in his lifetime pursuits.

Seth Johnson and Garrett Gregory
wearing the T-shirts Garrett designed.

This has been such an amazing turnaround for Garrett! The central focus of Career and Technical Education (CTE) is to PREPARE STUDENTS FOR CAREERS. Garrett’s experience in this FACS Exploration sewing class has turned into a real-life experience for him, and this is the central purpose of CTE! It has been so awesome to watch wheels turn in Garrett’s mind as he came up with this idea. When he found a way that he could incorporate the “American Dream” in his 8th grade class, he learned real-life skills. Watching Garrett’s motivation shift as he discovered a way to make this subject meaningful to him is exactly what CTE is about. These hands-on experiences are irreplaceable and of utmost importance to our students. This is how our students turn the confusing information that is being thrown at them into reality. Garrett’s example is just one of the many, many CTE success stories I have seen throughout my teaching career.

FCCLA Members Serve Their Local and Global Community

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Over the fall and winter months, FCCLA members [in the Canyon View Junior High FCCLA chapter in Alpine School District]—led by Amelia Jessen and Emily Barker—have been retrofitting donated bee suits for the ASEDA Raw Honey Foundation, which will then distribute the suits to youth beekeeping programs in Utah as well as Ghana, Africa.

Members had a great time removing buttons, pinning and sewing in Velcro (generously donated by Velcro USA) and preparing the suits to ship out with the ASEDA Foundation.

Over 20 FCCLA members have been involved with the project. FCCLA is the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America—the only student led organization with the family as its focus.

This blog was originally published in the Alpine School District News Magazine, March 2014, page 7.

Utah FCCLA Chapters Celebrate FCCLA Week

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

On Monday, February 10, 2014, the FCCLA State Officers joined other Career and Technical Education Student Organizations (CTSOs) for the annual CTSO Day on the Hill at the Utah State Capitol. The FCCLA State Officers advocated for Family and Consumer Sciences, FCCLA, and Career and Technical Education, as they talked to senators and representatives of the Utah State Legislature.

Read below how three Utah FCCLA chapters are celebrating FCCLA Week—
February 9-15:

The Layton High School chapter is selling chocolate covered strawberries. FCCLA members can help dip strawberries today after school, Thursday, February 13. The chapter officers will deliver the strawberries tomorrow on Valentine’s Day.

The American Fork High School chapter fed FCCLA members on Monday, wore FCCLA shirts on Tuesday, and gave Valentine’s to members on Wednesday. Today members are involved in a service project prior to attending an FCCLA area conference tomorrow.

The Syracuse High School chapter is creating and selling Valentine candy bouquets. The proceeds will go towards the FCCLA fund for area, state, and national competitions. During the week, the chapter had a member appreciation day where they celebrated their highest membership.

There are still a few days left to celebrate FCCLA Week, so click here for more ideas on how to celebrate. Remember to wear RED tomorrow and join in the conversation on social media by using #FCCLAWeek.

FCCLA members tell Utah CTE how you are celebrating FCCLA Week and CTE Month. Send your stories and photos to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.

#FCCLAWEEK: Join the Conversation

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

By: Mikaela Bingham
Utah FCCLA 2nd Vice President

As most of you know, February is Career and Technical Education Month! What you also may know is that it is also Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Week! This action packed week begins February 9 and continues through February 15! Join FCCLA members, advisers, and supporters from across the country in the celebration of all things FCCLA! Stay connected with what schools are doing in Utah and across the country on social network! Use #FCCLAWeek to join the conversation and be involved!

Here’s what’s planned for National FCCLA Week:

Monday, February 10
Media Blitz: Hit up social networks and spread the word about what your chapter is up to! Take FCCLA out into the community by approaching local businesses about advocating for FCCLA! Get your whole school involved by advertising what your chapter is doing for FCCLA week!

Tuesday, February 11
Membership Recruitment –
iRecruit: FCCLA week is a great week to spread the word about FCCLA, if you haven’t already! Involve current members by sending them out to look for potential members! It’s never too late to join FCCLA!

Wednesday, February 12
Share Our StrengthNo Kid Hungry campaign: This is a time to raise and donate money for the FCCLA National Outreach Program, Share Our Strength that fights childhood hunger! Make and sell Valentine treats and send the proceeds to Share our Strength! Hold a “miracle minute” during lunch and see how much your school can raise for Share Our Strength!

Thursday, February 13
Membership Recognition: Celebrate your membership today and everyday by letting your members know that they’re awesome for being such devoted students! Showcase your members, send out thank-you cards, have an all member meal (breakfast, lunch.) Celebrate your amazing members!

Friday, February 14
RED out for FCCLA: Go out with a bang by wearing RED! Set up an “FCCLA members only” photo booth, decorate the halls with red, send out a special Valentine to advisers, and celebrate your LOVE for an amazing organization!

It’s never too late to get involved with FCCLA! National FCCLA Week and CTE Month is a great time to get excited for all that’s to come and all that’s involved with the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America!

“Like” Utah FCCLA on Facebook and National FCCLA on Facebook
“Follow” Utah FCCLA on Twitter and National FCCLA on Twitter

If you are not a member of FCCLA, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the FCCLA adviser in your school.