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Governor Herbert Congratulates FCCLA Student Members

Friday, September 14th, 2012

On September 10, 2012, Governor Herbert sent a letter to Utah FCCLA student members to congratulate them on their participation at the 2012 National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida.

FCCLA student members at STAR Events Award Ceremony

Read the letter from Governor Herbert HERE

Ashley Labrum Elected FCCLA National Vice President of Programs

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

At the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, Ashley Labrum, of Pleasant Grove High School, was elected to serve as the 2012-2013 Vice President of Programs on the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Executive Council.

Ashley Labrum 

The FCCLA National Executive Council consists of 10 elected members who primarily serve as liaisons to the FCCLA membership population. In addition to being the youth governing body of the organization, the council aids in national program development, program implementation, and public relations. Officers of the National Executive Council include:

> President > Vice President of Finance
> First Vice President > Vice President of Membership
> Vice President of Community Service > Vice President of Parliamentary Law
> Vice President of Competitive Events > Vice President of Programs
> Vice President of Development > Vice President of Public Relations

 

2012-2013 FCCLA National Executive Council

As a member of the FCCLA National Executive Council, Ashley will contribute to the planning of the 2012-2013 year for the organization, represent the organization to both internal and external audiences, and seek to grow membership and move the organization forward.

As the Vice President of Programs, Ashley will specifically be responsible for:
>Reviewing the national programs.
>Providing input in new and existing programmatic structures and resources.
>Promoting programs and educating FCCLA members about the various opportunities.
>Reviewing applications of program award and scholarship finalists.
>Congratulating program award and scholarship recipients on their work through FCCLA.
>Serving on the Program Committee of the National Board of Directors.
>Representing the organization at meetings with existing and potential program partners.

Three years ago, Pearl Hart* told me that I was Utah’s ‘Secret Weapon’ in FCCLA. Ever since then I have always had the idea to run for a national office. I always looked up to my best friend Kyle Andrews who was a state officer. I saw how much FCCLA had been a part of his life and I wanted to help others and change their lives like it had changed Kyle’s life and my life,” says Ashley.

As a member of the FCCLA National Executive Council Ashley will have many leadership opportunities during the coming school year. As the National Vice President of Programs Ashley will attend and present at the following meetings:
> Capitol Leadership Training and the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) Conference in Washington DC in October.
> National Cluster Meetings in Reno, Nevada and Indianapolis, Indiana in November.
> Pacific States Conferences in February and March.
> National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee in July.

Ashley made FCCLA a focus in her life. She set several goals to work toward to become a national officer. She did not let one difficult thing come in the way of accomplishing her goal. She was driven. She has the right personality for being a national officer. She is fun and is a great leader,” says Melody Anthony, Pleasant Grove High School FCCLA Adviser.

To be elected as a national officer takes planning, preparation, and perseverance. The process begins in February when the national officer candidate fills out the application. There are many parts to the application such as preparing for the national FCCLA test, interviewing, and giving a speech. This takes many long hours of dedication and hard work.

Ashley has a passion for FCCLA. She sees what the organization can do for others. She truly cares about people and wants them to achieve their goals,” says Nikki Sue Larkin, Utah FCCLA State Adviser.

Ashley encourages students to become a member of FCCLA. “Just do it. It will be the best experience of your life. You will have the opportunity to meet new people and set goals in your life that will help you.”

FCCLA: Pack Your Bag and Climb to Your Future

If you are a member of FCCLA and are interested in running for national office next year talk to your adviser about the election process.

*Pearl Hart is the Family and Consumer Sciences Specialist
at the Utah State Office of Education

FCCLA Students Awarded Scholarships

Monday, August 20th, 2012

At the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference held in Orlando, Florida two Utah students, who participated in the STAR Events competition, each received a $1,000 scholarship for their outstanding portfolios.

Alicia Pope, a student at Timpanogos High School in Alpine School District, participated in the FCCLA Fashion Design competition. For this competitive event, Alicia identified an audience for her fashion line through research, developing a premise for her design, such as a former designer, then created a line with a logo and labels. She then created color sketches for six original designs with fabric samples and a sample of construction used on each of the designs such as piping, bound buttonholes, pleats, ruffles etc. Ultimately she created two sketches in full sized patterns with symbols and instructions. One sketch had to be made into the actual item. Alicia made an off-white wool pencil skirt with inset ruffles and a wool sage green jacket with bound buttonholes and a faux scarf collar. RoseMary Lindberg, FACS teacher and FCCLA adviser said, “Her portfolio was truly AMAZING!”

Alicia received a gold medal for her Fashion Design portfolio, scoring above 90 percent. Her score placed her in the top three among her competitors nationwide and she was awarded a scholarship from the Art Institute.

Sarie Cook, a student at Maple Mountain High School in Nebo School District, participated in the Early Childhood competition. Sarie was given a topic and then used available materials to write a lesson plan for Early Childhood Education. Sarie received a gold medal for her Early Childhood Education – Focus on the Children lesson plan, scoring above 90 percent. Her score placed her in the top three among her competitors nationwide and she was awarded a scholarship from Kendall College, located in Chicago, Illinois. Sarie was a top teacher for the past two years at the Maple Mountain Eaglet Preschool. Her FACS teacher, Kathryn Crandall, stated “Sarie was so deserving of the recognition. She is an amazing teacher of young children and has great classroom organizational and management skills for a high school student.”

Utah FCCLA Students Reach for the STARS

Monday, July 30th, 2012

By Nikki Sue Larkin, Utah FCCLA State Adviser

On July 8-12, 2012 approximately 6,800 students attended the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference held in Orlando, Florida. Secondary and postsecondary FCCLA members represented the state of Utah and participated in the ultimate leadership experience, which included dynamic keynote speakers, workshops, and professional development classes, along with some great memories at the various tourist attractions.

At the conference the 2012-2013 FCCLA National Officers were elected. Congratulations to Ashley Labrum, of Pleasant Grove High School, who was elected as the FCCLA National Vice President of Programs. We are proud of her accomplishments and know that she will do a great job.

Ashley Lambrum

With the theme of “#realitycheck,” this year’s conference was a conference of firsts. The conference tapped into the world of social media and provided unique opportunities to take advantage of recent changes in technology. FCCLA attendees were able to download the FCCLA app on their smartphones and upload information about the conference. Other firsts included workshops on working with digital media, including learning about online STAR Events and creating digital projects. Another first included the implementation of postsecondary competitions.

There were 113 Utah secondary and postsecondary FCCLA student members who competed, against FCCLA members from other states, in STAR Event competitions. STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation.  From fashion construction, to food innovations, to life event planning, to recycle and redesign, students impressed the judges with their knowledge and skill.

Utah FCCLA student members finished with 40 gold medals, 35 silver medals, and 16 bronze medals.

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.

Utah FCCLA State Officers

FCCLA is a dynamic and effective 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 over 200,000 members and over 6,500 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945. In Utah there are 2,600 members in 91 chapters. Learn more about FCCLA at www.fcclainc.org and www.utahfccla.org.

Brandee Bash: Future Early Childhood Education Teacher

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Brandee Bash recently graduated from Timpanogos High School where she concentrated in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Child Development Pathway. She plans to continue her education and training at Utah Valley University to obtain an associate degree in Early Childhood Education.

“All of the CTE classes I have taken have prepared me for my chosen career because they have taught me more and more about different ways I can teach, and different ways to be creative. I always thought I had a creative mind but I never really knew it until after taking these classes,” said Brandee.

To gain experience in the area of child development Brandee obtained training at the Timpanogos Wee Wolves Child Care Center. In order to work in the center Brandee obtained a Food Handlers Permit, CPR certification, and completed several Early Childhood Education courses. Each week she worked at the center four hours a day. Her day would begin with serving the children breakfast and continue with an activity or playing a game.

Sandy Hopkins, Early Childhood Education Teacher and Director at Timpanogos Wee Wolves Child Care Center said, “[Brandee] is very dependable and does a great job assisting and preparing lesson plans and learning centers for children, ages three to five in our child care lab. . .She is one of the children’s favorite teachers. I trust Brandee completely when the children are in her care.”

After graduating from Utah Valley University, Brandee would like to go back to the Timpanogos Wee Wolves Child Care Center as a preschool teacher.

As the population of children ages three to five increases, the demand for preschool programs will also increase. This increase will continue to create a demand for preschool teachers. By the year 2020 employment of preschool teachers is expected to grow by 25 percent. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

UtahCTE.org congratulates Brandee on her accomplishments and wishes her all the best as she continues to prepare for her chosen career.

Emily Kitchen: Future Business Owner and Pastry Chef

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Emily Kitchen
Occupational Goal: Business Owner and Pastry Chef

“I took many CTE classes and loved them all. I took many food classes that will greatly help me in my future education and career in culinary arts. One of the first foods classes I took was Food/Nutrition 1. [This class] helped me realize that I love to cook. I knew I really wanted to go into culinary arts when a chef came and talked to our Foods/Nutrition 2 class.

“My favorite class was Critical Work Skills. I interned at a bakery and absolutely loved it. [The experience] made me know for sure I wanted to go into this career. . . I loved going to the bakery and learning new things and I also loved the class time. It taught me valuable skills, not only for business but for life. These [FACS] classes had the most impact on me, more than any other class; I have loved them and learned so much. I am so grateful for these CTE classes, they have helped me find where I want to go in life. After I graduate [from college] I plan to open my own bakery as a pastry chef.” –Emily Kitchen, Davis High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Emily on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Utah Valley University. Emily was one of 95 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May, 2, 2012.

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

Jordan Parkinson: Future FACS Teacher

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Jordan Parkinson
Occupational Goal: Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Teacher

“I look forward to obtaining more education to supplement my current experience and develop into a teacher who can touch the lives of students like my CTE teachers have touched my life.

“My plan, after I finish my college education, is to become a FACS Exploration teacher in a public junior high. I know my background within CTE classes has prepared me well for this position. With all my experience sewing and cooking, I feel teaching FACS would be a good fit for me, because I have learned many things from my CTE teachers that I would love to share with others.

“I know I will be a great educator in the FACS area. I have applied many things I learned from my CTE teachers to my life, and believe [CTE] has truly helped me become who I am today.” —Jordan Parkinson, Layton High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Jordan on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Weber State University. Jordan was one of 95 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

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

 

 

FCCLA STAR Events

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

 

FCCLA– Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.
FCCLA provides students with opportunities to attain the knowledge, skills and leadership characteristics necessary to succeed in life and careers through Family and Consumer Sciences Education. There are over 2,800 members in 100 Utah chapters.

 

On March 21-22, 2012, FCCLA members from across the state met at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah to compete at the FCCLA State Leadership Conference and Competition. Throughout the year FCCLA members prepared for STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events.

Mariah Holiday, Rybecca Yellowman, Logan Cly, Monument Valley High School, 1st place winners in the Chapter Service Display competition.

STAR Events are competitive events in which FCCLA members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. STAR Events offer individual skill development and application of learning through:

  1. Cooperative — teams work to accomplish specific goals
  2. Individualized — members work alone to accomplish specific goals
  3. Competitive — individual or team performance measured by an established set of criteria.

From to interior design to food innovations to recycle and redesign students wowed the judges in every STAR Event category. 

Left: JoDee Black, FACS teacher. Middle: Chelsy Hansen, North Sanpete High School, 1st place winner in the Interior Design competition. Right: Auralee Brooks, FACS teacher.

STAR Events Conference Winners: 2012 State STAR Events Medal Listing

Winners from these events advance to the National FCCLA Competition on July 8-12, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.

We want to hear about the FCCLA conference, your skill competition and what your FCCLA chapter has planned for the rest of the school year. Send your stories to utahcte@schools.utah.gov.

A dress made out of pages from the Harry Potter books. Left: Maegan Tingey, Bountiful High School, state participant in the Recycle and Redesign competition. Right: Marilyn Armstrong, FACS teacher.

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

ProStart: Culinary and Management Competition

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

On Wednesday, March 7, high school Family and Consumer Sciences ProStart students from across the state will gather together to showcase their culinary talents, skills, and abilities at the state ProStart competition held at the Hilton Hotel. Twenty-seven student teams will compete for a spot at the 11th annual National ProStart Invitational on April 27-29 in Baltimore, Maryland at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel, where $1.4 million in scholarships will be awarded to the top teams in both the culinary and management competitions.

The culinary competition highlights the creative abilities of each team through the preparation of a three-course meal in 60 minutes using only two butane burners. The management teams develop a proposal for an original restaurant concept and apply critical thinking skills to the challenges restaurant managers face in day-to-day operations. Both the culinary and management competitions will take place simultaneously throughout the day.

Industry chefs and restaurant owners will judge each culinary team, watching closely as they prep and cook their signature dish. Once each school has finished cleaning up the judges will immediately critique their dish.

Culinary teams include:  
Bingham Northridge
Bonneville Ogden
Brighton Park City
Cedar City Pleasant Grove
Clearfield Provo
Copper Hills Snow Canyon
Desert Hills Spanish Fork
Freemont Syracuse
Herriman Taylorsville
Jordan Timpanogos
Layton Tooele
Lone Peak West
Maple Mountain Westlake
Murray  

Restaurant owners will judge the management team competitions. Each team has only 10 minutes to present their restaurant design concept, menu, and promotional campaign to the panel of judges. The competition is divided into four events: written proposal, verbal presentation, visual display, and critical thinking.

Management teams include:
Cedar City
Desert Hills
Snow Canyon
Westlake
Provo
Herriman

ProStart is a two-year program offered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation in partnership with state restaurant associations. This program blends classroom and hands-on learning with mentored work experience to teach high school students the culinary and management skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry. Students are awarded the ProStart National Certificate of Achievement after meeting academic standards, completing a checklist of competencies, and working at least 400 hours in the industry. This certificate qualifies students to enter the industry workforce.

To learn about Family and Consumer Sciences and the Food Services and Culinary Arts Pathway visit UtahCTE.org.

Family Consumer Sciences: Preparing Students for Family Life, Work Life, and Careers.

Meet a Workforce Specialist: Shari Elliott

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

PERSONAL CAREER BRIEF

Introducing… Shari Elliott

A graduate of … Wasatch High School

Now working as … A Workforce Specialist, helping families in need

For … the Utah Department of Workforce Services

Check out this website … http://jobs.utah.gov

Biology was her favorite high school class because … numerous reasons, but Shari believes the teacher can make or break the learning experience!

Shari’s first job – was bussing tables at a local cafe.

The worst job?  Entry level Office Worker – the work itself was actually okay, but working without much-needed benefits made this job the ‘worst.’

Advice to students …“Go to college right out of high school. Do not delay!”

And More …

  •  About high school … Shari acknowledges her Biology teachers, Mr. Felsch and Miss North, who she credits with making Biology her favorite class. Her enjoyment of learning all about life and living organisms was in large part due to their enthusiasm.
  • A highlight … “I completed my Bachelor’s Degree and kept on going. I am currently working to find an internship in counseling – the final requirement for my Master’s Degree!”
  • Added insight …
    • “Starting college in my late 20′s after I had already started a family has been the most challenging thing I have ever done.”
    • Enjoy what you do, no matter what you are doing. Looking back, a lot of what I consider “bad experiences” really just reflects my own poor attitude at that time.”