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A Place to Shine

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Shari Lyn Bair photoI’m Shari Bair. In the fall of 2015, I completed a CTE Internship at Sunrise Elementary in the field elementary education. I feel fortunate to have been able to see the classroom from a different perspective, that is, the teacher’s perspective. I was able to experience the stress of being put on the spot; along with the difficulty of not knowing the answers to every question I was asked. I am honored to have built new relationships with these outstanding students, and [the teacher] Stacy Blauer. This will help me better pursue this career in my future.

Shari Lyn Bair photo 3“I did it!” Those are the words that you hear a lot in the third grade. You may not remember exactly what you “did”, but you just might remember how excited you were when you accomplished even the smallest of tasks. These third graders not only learn the book curriculum, they learn that in this classroom we are all friends. As they have learned this, I noticed how they are always helping and looking out for each other. I have developed skills by watching them. They are my greatest examples, who not only I have taught, but they have taught me. Stacy Blauer has been so helpful in guiding me through this internship, by letting me teach my own lessons and giving me pointers here and there.


Early Childhood Education is one of seven Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education program area. CTE Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Early Childhood Education Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.


Utah FCCLA Fall Leadership: Empowering Members

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Fall LeadershipBy Nikki Sue Larkin, Utah FCCLA State Adviser

Utah FCCLA Fall Leadership, September 22-23, 2015, was a great week for all young leaders involved. We had a wonderful turnout with chapter officers from all over Utah. With the introduction of the National FCCLA theme for this year, “Empower”, our state officers have set four goals for all chapters to make this year successful.

The four goals are:

Membership (Active Duty Award)
Chapters must participate in and complete the “Go for the Red” national program, and submit the Go for the Red application for national recognition.

Community service (Call to Action Award)
Chapters must complete at least one chapter service project for the school or community, and document it through pictures and descriptions.

Career Connections (Detective Award)
Chapter members must participate and complete the FCCLA National Program Career Connections.

Promote and Publicize FCCLA (News Flash Award)
Chapters must send an article about their chapter to the FCCLA newsletter, or a local newspaper.

Once chapters have completed each goal they will receive the Hero Award.

Abby StephensWe had the privilege of listening to Abby Stephens as our keynote speaker. She shared her story of perseverance as she encountered a tremendous trial, which would affect her for the rest of her life. She inspired us to stand up and empower others to stand up as we all fall in our own lives.

Day two of Fall Leadership, chapter officers and advisers went to many workshops that will empower them throughout the year. There were many things taught and learned in the workshops about offices, National Programs, and becoming a better leader. Everyone who attentively participated, learned, and grew as a leader, making this an empowering 2015 year at Fall Leadership.


Utah FCCLA Members Compete at National Conference

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

2015 NLCLast month, Utah FCCLA student members traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the 2015 FCCLA National Leadership Conference. With the theme of “Together We Are Healthy”, 211 students and 92 advisers/chaperones from Utah attended dynamic workshops and break-out sessions, participated in STAR Events, met new people and expanded their leadership potential. At the conference members networked with their peers from across the country as they competed in STAR Events.

STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. Utah student members competed with a high level of skill and preparation in each event, with 211 participating in 32 different events. Of these students 171 were medalists with 74 receiving gold medals, 85 receiving silver medals, and 12 receiving bronze medals. HERE is the list of medalists.

Congratulations to McKayla Hendricks, from Bountiful High School, who was selected as a National FCCLA Officer. She will serve as the Vice President of Public Relations on the National Executive Council.

Adviser Awards:
Antoinette Dee, Monument Valley High School; Camille Hicks, Riverton High School; Charri Jensen, Corner Canyon High School; Denise Dewsnup, Delta High School; Jean Manuela, Pleasant Grove Jr. High School; Laurie Hansen, Salem Hills High School; Sandy Hopkins, Timpanogos High School; Sherry Heaps, Payson High School and Susan Smith, Grantsville High School.

“I am proud of our students and advisers/chaperones as they represented Utah in a very professional way. Many thanks to the all those that made this an incredible experience,” said Nikki Sue Larkin, Utah FCCLA State Adviser.

Kandace Alvey, Utah FCCLA Vice President of Social Media, tells UtahCTE.org about the 2015 FCCLA National Leadership Conference.

IMG_1931Q: What was your favorite part about the conference?
A: My favorite part about the 2015 FCCLA National Leadership Conference was the network of determined youth. When I came in contact with all of the state officers and members from around the country it put me in awe of what they have accomplished. It is amazing what can happen when 3,000 members connect through a single conference. The outcome of this is a ginormous network of amazing people that advocate for FCCLA.

Q: What impacted you the most about the conference?
A: The one thing that impacted me the most was when I had the opportunity to reach out to members and help them in any way that I could. Before I was an FCCLA state officer it was the best part of my day when someone would reach out to me and help me, and now I can be on the other side. While at nationals I learned how much FCCLA can help youth now and in the future.

Q: What verbal feedback have you received from those who attended the conference?
A: An advisor said, “For me and my students NLC was amazing! I was able to see my students super excited as they achieved. I loved that they were able to experience FCCLA at the national level and see just how big our organization really is. Besides sightseeing, our favorite part was all of the times the whole delegation was together. It was a great conference! After we got back, one of my students let me know that it was the highlight and best week of the summer for her and I’d have to say that I agree!”

A student from my chapter stated, “My favorite part of NLC was getting to know other members of FCCLA. I created relationships that helped me gain more confidence. I also enjoyed gaining more leadership experience through the STAR Events program. It is a skill that will greatly benefit me in my life. I greatly enjoyed NLC, and I hope to be able to participate next year!”

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Utah FCCLA Members Travel to Washington D.C.

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

FCCLA photo 1Utah FCCLA student members, who placed first in the state competition, are in Washington, D.C., along with more than 7,000 FCCLA members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country, to participate in the FCCLA National Leadership Conference. Beginning July 5 and continuing through July 9, FCCLA student members will attend general and business sessions, workshops, trainings, and compete in 30 STAR Events. STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation.

On July 8 FCCLA will host a rally on Capitol Hill, with 5,000 youth and adults in attendance, to showcase support for Family and Consumer Sciences education and celebrate 70 years of youth career preparation and leadership. The rally will feature special guest speakers and the largest performance ever of the “GimmeFive Dance.” The GimmeFive Dance was created by First Lady Michelle Obama to promote healthy lifestyles, which is in keeping with the FCCLA national conference’s theme of “Together We Are Healthy.”

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At the conference FCCLA will continue to celebrate its 70th anniversary —#70YearsStrong.  Founded as Future Homemakers of America in June 1945, the organization had a focus to prepare teens for their roles as homemakers in the post-World War II era. In 1999 FHA members voted to change the organization’s name to Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, a move that symbolized its modern focus on leadership and career preparation while also honoring a foundation in preparing both men and women to have strong families, successful careers and to be community leaders. Today, the organization’s program focus includes financial management, career planning, leadership development and community service, while also meeting the increasing need for highly trained employees for the culinary, hospitality, early childhood, and fashion/interior design industries.

Paige Kirschbaum: From CTE Internship to College and Career

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Paige KirschbaumPaige Kirschbaum, a 2012 graduate from American Fork High School, attributes her education and future career success to the interior design courses she took in high school, her involvement in FCCLA, and her decision to participate in a CTE Internship.

From a young age Paige had a passion for interior design, “I spent hours drawing up floor plans while I was in grade school. It was important that once I moved beyond my elementary and middle school education there was an avenue for this passion, said Paige.”

At American Fork High School Paige was drawn to and participated in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education Interior Design Pathway where she learned the elements of design. She also had the opportunity to be involved in designing the interiors for a home building project in Lehi, Utah. “While taking the [interior design] class I was introduced to color theory, model building, the principles and elements of design, and basic space planning. During my senior year, I was given the unique opportunity to take a new course called Advanced Interior Design. In this course, I spent time with the construction students developing a home project in Lehi, Utah. This allowed me a type of ‘real-life’ experience in design making basic selections for the interior of the home.”

While in high school, Paige was involved with FCCLA and competed in numerous state and regional competitions. Through FCCLA she learned business skills and made new friends. Paige describes the importance of her involvement in FCCLA. “My involvement in FCCLA was key during my high school years. It was there that I met a future colleague that attended Lone Peak High School. She continued, as did I, in pursuing the profession of interior design beyond high school. The next time I saw her was at the beginning of my freshman year with Utah State University’s Interior Design program. We became very close and plan to become business partners in the field. This all began with the connections made through FCCLA.”

After graduating from American Fork High School, Paige continued her education at Utah State University studying Interior Design. This summer she will spend eight weeks interning for Vicente Wolf Associates in New York City. “Vicente Wolf is Architectural Digest’s Top 100 Designer and has won numerous other awards. He is a well-known and praised designer in the industry. It is a privilege to be able to work as his intern this summer and I am definitely looking forward to the real-life experience from working hands-on with a New York designer and his team,” said Paige.

Paige attributes her successful preparation for advancement from high school to college (and soon a career) from the courses she took in Career and Technical Education and the opportunities she had in participating in a CTE Internship. “The most influential decision I made during high school was to participate in a [CTE] Internship. The path towards interior design began with my quick start into the field through my internship. Because my decision was made during high school I didn’t have to waste thousands of dollars in tuition trying to decide on a major. I walked into the university knowing exactly what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it. Utah State University has a very competitive program that I had heard about for years. I made it past the freshman review along with 16 others. There were over 40 applicants. A second review was made after my sophomore year and currently I will graduate with 14 other students. My high school education helped in pursuing such a rigorous program. I am grateful for the opportunities I was given at the beginning of my education. I look forward to becoming a NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer after graduation from Utah State University in May 2016.”

Blacktie & Barefoot: A Design by Paige Kirschbaum

Paige’s ISSUU Interior Design Portfolio  |  Paige’s Designs on Pinterest

Marianne Beck, Family and Consumer Sciences Education teacher and FCCLA Adviser at American Fork High School, expresses how important it is for students to participate in a CTE Pathway and CTE Internship. “As a Family and Consumer Sciences Education teacher, who teaches the Interior Design Pathway, I have enjoyed keeping in touch with students who have pursued their interests and have communicated how their interior design classes are what helped them discover their passion. The CTE Career Pathways program is a great way to help students discover how their classes can help them become college and career ready when they graduate from high school. It is also key that students involve themselves in the Work-Based Learning CTE Internship program, and different CTSOs [Career and Technical Student Organizations], to fully engage in all that they can to get the ‘real-life experience’ in the career they are interested in.”

Meet Kayla Clopten: Future Early Childhood Educator

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Kayla Clopten - formal“The CTE classes I have taken throughout high school have introduced me to my dream career path. When I started in high school, my grades were not the best and I did not enjoy school. Foods 1 became one of my favorite classes and changed my view of school. That foods class introduced me to Family and Consumer Sciences classes that I enjoyed. My GPA has improved and I have been on the honor roll for the last two years.

“In high school I focused on completing the CTE Child Development Pathway. After taking child development my sophomore year I decided I wanted a career working with children. Each year, as I planned my schedule, I followed the Child Development Pathway. I have taken all of the classes in the pathway that are offered at Kearns High School. CTE classes helped me figure out what career I want in the future.”

—Kayla Clopten, Kearns High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Kayla on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Salt Lake Community College. Kayla was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Makayla Hendricks to Receive National CTE Student Innovator Recognition Award

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Photo - Makayla HendricksMakayla Hendricks, Utah FCCLA State President, has been selected to receive the National CTE Student Innovator Recognition Award by the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE). This is an incredible honor for the Bountiful High School junior and for Utah FCCLA. The National CTE Student Innovator Recognition Award acknowledges students who exhibit excellence, dedication, leadership, and innovation within the field of Career and Technical Education (CTE), as well as within their respective Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Nominees were evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Work indicating a high level of accomplishment in the field of CTE. Accomplishments including everything from high grades to completion of innovative individual and group projects—inside and outside the classroom—related to CTE.
  • Involvement with co-curricular CTE opportunities, including CTE related leadership activities within schools, communities, and a CTSO.

Mckayla appreciates the opportunity she has had to participate in CTE, FCCLA, and FBLA. “Career and Technical Education has played a large part in my success in high school, and in my young adult life. CTE courses have been my favorite classes, and they are also the ones that I’ve learned the most from. By excelling in CTE courses, my high involvement in FCCLA, as well as FBLA, and my experience through the CTE Internship program qualified me to receive the National CTE Student Innovator Recognition Award.”

When Mckayla was asked how CTE has made in impact on her life she responded, “CTE courses have played a large role in my life, and will continue to be a part of it. The skills I’ve learned through CTE courses and by participating in CTSOs have far better prepared me for my future than any other activity. CTE courses and CTSOs have challenged me and changed my life. I wouldn’t be half the person I am today without Career and Technical Education.”

Cameron White: Director of Food Services

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Cameron White photoCameron White graduated from Ogden High School in 2010. While in high school, he participated in the ProStart program where he was mentored by Janae Hudman, FACS ProStart teacher. Because of his experience in Career and Technical Education and ProStart, Cameron has successfully found his niche.

After graduating from high school, Cameron decided not to enter culinary school, but instead chose to work under Jason Hess, the original owner and master chef, at Jasoh restaurant located on Ogden’s Historic 25th Street. Cameron later changed restaurants to work under the guidance of Elio Scanu, who started Zucca Trattoria in South Ogden. Later he moved to Mountain Ridge Assisted Living, in South Ogden, to the position of head chef. Now, at the ripe old age of 22, Cameron was recently promoted to the Director of Food Services for Mountain Ridge.

Cameron is in charge of all aspects of the kitchen, manages a staff of 15 employees, and oversees the overall food systems management. He provides three meals a day, for a minimum of 89 people, and designs menus for many different dietary restrictions, as well as for the public who come to eat with residents.

Mrs. Hudman recently visited with Cameron and was impressed with his competence as he explained his role as a boss and executive chef. Cameron told me, “I learned good stuff and bad stuff from former bosses. I am using the good stuff here.”

Cameron’s father expressed how proud he is of his son and for the training he received in high school. “As his Dad I’m immensely proud of him and want to thank Mrs. Hudman as the one who started him on this path of success! He continues to mesmerize everyone he works with, not only with his knowledge of gourmet cooking, but the whole industry,” said Steve White.

A Head-Start on Pursuing My Dreams

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

By Merralee Young, student at Sky View High School

Merralee Young photo 2“When I was in fifth grade, I had the most amazing teacher. She taught us how to be respectful and responsible. Through her teaching style, she treated all of her students equally and made us all feel like we were important and had something to share with the world around us. Elementary school is such a critical time. All of the kids need someone to teach them to love school, and to teach them how to be a respectable member of society. Ever since fifth grade, I have had a desire to have that same kind of influence on other kids that my fifth grade teacher had on me.

“I’m Merralee Young. In the winter of 2015 I completed a CTE Internship at Sunrise Elementary School in the field of elementary education. I got to work with Mrs. Hellstern in her afternoon kindergarten class. I’m pursuing a career in elementary education and this internship has really helped me get out of my comfort zone and really get to see what elementary education has in store [for me]. It was a great experience to spend so much time with such a great teacher. Kindergarten can be a hard age, but Mrs. Hellstern is very good at what she does. I think she understands what level of cognition the students are at and knows just when and where to push her students to do their best. For example, Mrs. Hellstern’s class has their own mission statement, separate from the schools. One of the key words in this mission statement is “synergize.” She was teaching her kindergarten class how to work together, or synergize, by reading them a story and giving each student a partner to work on an assignment together. It was something none of the students had much experience with, but they responded very well.

“I feel fortunate to have been able to work one-on-one with the students, and observe what it takes to be a teacher. I had the chance to do things like organize files, do crafts with the students, and read stories to the class. When I was responsible for a group of students, it felt a little out of place to take charge because I don’t get to play the teacher role in my life very often. I found that it’s harder than it looks to be in charge of 25 children, but that it’s something I’m very capable of doing. My favorite part of this experience is how rewarding it is. I love interacting with the kids, and hearing their funny stories. It’s also pretty neat to see how the students learn and progress, even in just a few short months. I have definitely learned some amazing things that will give me a head-start on my career in elementary education.”

Merralee Young photo 1


Strengthening Families One Meal at a Time!

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

By Alesha Hurst, Utah FCCLA VP of Public Relations

FCCLA@TheTableFood. Everyone needs it. But when was the last time you sat down for a meal at the dinner table as a family? Chances are it wasn’t recently. FCCLA is aware of this growing problem, and we’re taking measures to stop it from becoming worse.

FCCLA@TheTable is a new program that national FCCLA council members have started in an attempt to strengthen family relationships. FCCLA members pledge that they will share meals with their families, and as a result, they will be able to bond with their family members over dinner. The only requirement is that they have to take a picture of the meal as proof of completion and post it on Instagram with #FCCLA@TheTable.

The reasoning behind this initiative is simple: strong families make strong leaders. Studies have shown that regular family meals promote healthy eating habits and create a bond between parents and their children. Also, eating dinner together improves academic performance in school. Did you know, 52 percent of children earn mostly A’s and B’s when their families eat dinner together at least twice a week? The benefits greatly outweigh the costs, and FCCLA believes that FCCLA@TheTable will help these statistics apply to more of its members.

This project has received a lot of support from members, and many have already taken the pledge! The national goal is for 70,000 members to pledge meals with their families, and Utah FCCLA hopes to contribute 3,500 of them!

We understand that it is hard for families to find time in their busy schedules to meet together for dinner, but we encourage everyone to make an effort. To avoid awkward silent meals, we have come up with a list of conversation starters.

> If you could take a trip or vacation to any destination where would you go?
> How would you describe a perfect day?
> If you could go back to any moment in your life and re-live or re-do it, what moment would it be?
> If someone made a movie of your life, who would play the starring role and why?
> What made you feel mad, sad, and glad today?
> What do you want to be when you grow up?
> What is the funniest/weirdest dream you have ever had?
> If you could trade places with your parents for a day, what would you do differently?
> If you could turn invisible, where would you go and what would you do?
> If you could change anything in the world, what would you change and how?
> If you could wake up tomorrow with a superpower, what superpower would you want to have?
> If you could master a new skill tonight, what would it be?
What was the best gift you’ve ever received? The best one you’ve ever given?
> If salary wasn’t important and talent wasn’t necessary, what would be your dream job and why?
> If you could teleport anywhere in the universe right now, where would you go?

 Help Utah FCCLA bring families closer together by taking the FCCLA@TheTable Pledge!