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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.


FCCLA Super Bowl Ad Challenge

Friday, January 31st, 2014

In the spirit of the Super Bowl, FCCLA is hosting the first ever FCCLA Week Super Bowl Ad Challenge! From January 16 to February 7, chapters will be able to submit their own “viral” ad via YouTube (up to 30 seconds) or Instagram (up to 15 seconds) that celebrates “the Ultimate Leadership Experience”.

Who: FCCLA chapters

What: Super Bowl Ad Challenge

When: January 16 to February 7

Why: To promote why FCCLA is the Ultimate Leadership Experience.

How: Produce a “viral video” about why FCCLA is the Ultimate Leadership Experience and upload to YouTube (30 second video) or Instagram (15 second video). Be sure to follow the official rules of the FCCLA Super Bowl Ad Challenge.

Submission: Participating chapters must fully complete and submit an online registration form and upload their video to YouTube OR Instagram. Only one video entry per chapter, via one platform, will be considered.

Deadline: Friday, February 7, 2014

The top three videos:
> Will be announced via social media on Friday, February 14, 2104.
> Will be shown at General Sessions during the
2014 FCCLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas, July 6-10, 2014.
> Will be featured in the March/April edition of
Teen Times.

Questions? Email aschantz@fcclainc.org

Meet Dionard Campman: Ballroom Dancer and Fashion Designer

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Dionard Campman (DJ), a senior at Timpview High School and FCCLA chapter president, has a passion for ballroom dancing and fashion design. He participates in the Career and Technical Education Fashion Design, Manufacturing and Merchandising Pathway where he works to fine-tune his design and sewing skills.

DJ was born in Curacao (an island in the Dutch Caribbean) and spent most of his youth in the Netherlands. At the age of twelve he moved with his family to the United States.

“In the 6th grade I developed a great passion for ballroom dancing and I have been practicing the dancesport competitively at national level ever since. About the same time I also developed a great interest for fashion design. At Centennial Middle School I took my first sewing class and enjoyed every minute of it. During my freshman year at Timpview I took every possible design and sewing class offered. Over the past three years I have sewn many garments, some of which were entered successfully in different competitions,” says DJ.

This year DJ decided to go in a different direction and combine both of his passions into one. He started to design and create ballroom dance garments for his partner, Kaitlyn Turley. “During the summer my mom and I went to LA to purchase the fabrics and embellishments for these dresses,” DJ explains.

Kaitlyn Turley and DJ Campman

This past May, DJ received an invitation from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, California to visit their campus. DJ describes his visit saying, “I accepted their invitation. I loved the school and decided to apply. In July I got accepted into FIDM and received a $3,000 junior scholarship. One of their other scholarships is to start a fashion club at the attending high school and since I am an FCCLA member and president FIDM decided to grant me that scholarship as well.”

DJ’s ambition is to become a top fashion designer. “At the moment I’m working really hard to finish my senior year on a high note, so when I go off to FIDM in the fall of 2014 I’ll be ready to experience everything FIDM has to offer.”













Genet Orme, Family Consumer Sciences (FACS) teacher at Timpview High School, tells about DJ’s competitive spirit. “Last year DJ took my Fashion Design/Pattern Drafting class and competed in the state “Make it With Wool” competition. After this event he seemed to turn a corner in his skill level. He saw a very expensive costume on a professional dancer that he wanted to make for his partner. We met a few times in the summer, and he successfully “copied” that dress after intense work. At the same time, he got accepted to FIDM as a junior. I’m very proud of his hard work and initiative. He will definitely succeed in his Fashion Design career and is a great role model for younger students.”

Join DJ as he competes at the BYU Dancesport Championships in Provo, Utah on November 15-16, 2013.

FACS students learn core knowledge and skills that prepare them for independent living and the workforce, which increases personal and community well-being. FACS Education prepares students for college and career and to successfully compete in a global economy.

To participate in one of the eight Career and Technical Education Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Pathways talk to a school counselor at your high school.


FCCLA Capitol Leadership

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

By Lindsay Erekson, Utah FCCLA State President

This year as state officers for Utah Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) we had the opportunity to go to Washington, D.C. for Capitol Leadership. As part of this training we attended classes teaching us how to become an expert, advocate, and leader in the things we love. The cumulative event of this training was the chance to use our new advocacy skills on Capitol Hill as we spoke with our congressional representatives on the importance of Perkins Funding for Career and Technical Education.


FCCLA State Officers with Congressman Jim Matheson

During our time in D.C. we got to experience firsthand the recent government shutdown. Our scheduled day to be on Capitol Hill was the first day of the shutdown. Therefore, we had the opportunity to see protestors on the Hill as well as to watch the debate taking place in the House of Representatives. However, the shutdown did not affect our meetings. In fact, it gave us the chance to speak about our concerns face-to-face with Congressman Jim Matheson and to briefly meet with Senator Orrin Hatch.

 FCCLA State Officers with Senator Orrin Hatch

Capitol Leadership was a beneficial event to attend and has benefited all of us greatly.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience

Adventure is out there, so reach for the sky

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

By Victoria Pierce, Utah FCCLA VP of Public Relations

On September 24 and 25 Utah FCCLA had their annual Fall Leadership Conference. At the conference the state officer team introduced the 2013-2014 FCCLA theme, motto, and goals. Our theme is “Adventure is out there!” Our motto is “Reach for the sky!” We had workshops for members to learn more about this year’s theme and goals. The fun didn’t stop there. Utah FCCLA had not one but two amazing keynote speakers, Johnny Covey and Porter Ellett. Johnny Covey reminded us to stay in our heart and not in our head. Then Porter Ellett shared his message, “DOn’t quIT”. Remember to “Reach for the Sky” because “Adventure is Out There!”

Alexandria Palmer, chapter president at North Sanpete High School, said this about the conference, “I learned quite a bit at the conference. It was very informative to me, a first timer. I enjoyed the speakers and thought the workshops were put together very well.”

“At Fall Leadership, chapter officers were given helpful tips and tricks on how to improve their chapter, received helpful information about FCCLA to share with their members, and learned how to become better leaders in their own community! Fall Leadership was my chance to meet other FCCLA members who are as eager to learn more about FCCLA as I am! I was inspired by the dedication of our members and shared in the excitement of being a part of a truly amazing organization!” said Mikaela Bingham, Utah FCCLA 2nd Vice President.

2013-2014 FCCLA Theme, Motto, and Goals

Theme: Adventure is Out There!

Motto: Reach for the Sky

Membership — “Jump Aboard”
Each chapter increases chapter membership from the previous year.

National Programs/Participation — “Complete the Journey”
Each chapter has members complete one National Program, other than Community Service. Each chapter submits at least one National Program to Nationals.

Partnership/Publicity — “Get Your Search On”
Each chapter works to expand community awareness of FCCLA through formation of new partnerships and public relations.

Communications and Community Service — “Imagine the Possibilities”
Each chapter completes a meaningful and beneficial service project with emphasis on Share Our Strength and high member involvement. Projects will be submitted to Share Our Strength or the National Program, Community Service.

“I always love to attend Fall Leadership because it is so fun to see all the leaders in training. The [FCCLA student members] do such a great job and their energy revitalizes me for the upcoming year,” said Auralee Brooks, FCCLA adviser at North Sanpete High School.

2013-2014 FCCLA State Officers


FCCLA State Officers in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

The Utah FCCLA state officers are in Washington D.C. attending the national FCCLA Capitol Leadership Training. The leadership training began on September 29 and continues through October 2. Student members and advisers from across the country have joined together to network with each other, develop leadership skills, participate in service-learning opportunities, and advocate for FCCLA.

While in Washington, D.C., much to their surprise, the government shutdown! Or, as they put it, “The government partially shutdown.” They have a full schedule of leadership meetings. But now with a change in schedule, of some of their planned sites to see in Washington D.C., they’re finding great things to do.

Follow the Utah FCCLA state officers on Facebook to read about they’re trip to Washington, D.C.

Utah FCCLA state officers react to government shutdown


Recycle and Redesign “RE: PLAY” Fashion Show

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Have you ever wondered what you could do with a used product to give it new life without throwing it away? Well, FCCLA student members have figured out a way to recycle, reuse, and repurpose ANYTHING! From VHS tapes and DVDs, to paper and plastic grocery bags, to newspapers and magazines, secondary and postsecondary FCCLA student members showed off their talent for repurposing products at the “RE: PLAY Fashion Show,” held September 16, 2013 in the Taggart Student Center ballroom at Utah State University (USU). The fashion show was sponsored by the Family and Consumer Sciences Education (FCSE) program at USU.

The fashion show was held in conjunction with “FCCLA: A Day of Leadership” hosted by FCCLA, FCSE, ASUSU College Senators, and USU leaders who invited FCCLA students, advisers, and chapters for a day of leadership activities and workshops on the campus of Utah State University. The purpose of the event was to motivate FCCLA student members and advisers to take action and become a leader through FCCLA in order to make a difference in their local community and school. Through various workshops, students and advisers were challenged to identify specific activities to implement at their school using service learning.

FCCLA student members and advisers were inspired at the event and left the USU campus filled with ideas to implement at their school and in their community. Sue Hill, FCCLA chapter adviser at Bonneville High School, took 33 students—including 2 foreign exchange students—to the event. “I cannot stress how important opportunities like this are for these students. I was very impressed with the planning and the overall outcome was nothing short of a complete SUCCESS. This was such a valuable opportunity for these students to walk around a college campus and get excited about opportunities in higher education. I had nothing but positive feedback from each student. Their smiles throughout the day were the best indication of the incredible teaching opportunity this day created. We had a wonderful time!”

 Bonneville High School FCCLA student members with their adviser

The FCCLA chapter at Bonneville High School was one of nine secondary FCCLA chapters, from across the state, who participating in “FCCLA: A Day of Leadership.” If your school was unable to attend this year, be sure to save the date for next year’s event.

Who: Utah FCCLA student members, advisers, and chapters

What: FCCLA: A Day of Leadership and fashion show

Where: Utah State University – Taggart Student Center

When: September 2014 (Specific date will be announced HERE.)

Cost: Entry fee is one can of food. To be donated to the USU Student Nutrition Access Center.

Contact: Lindsey Shirley, Clothing and Textiles Specialist and Assistant Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Utah State University – lindsey.shirley@usu.edu.