Heber Springs High School FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) returned from State Convention held on March 6 and 7. Twenty two students attended where they were inspired, according to Lori Cantrell, sponsor.
Kylie Green, local President, served as State Vice President of Public Relations and led a breakout session titled "Officer Bootcamp". Green said this is a session where current officers tell others what being an officer entails.
The HSHS chapter received many awards that chapter members made happen. The awards were "Top Ten," "Gold Star Chapter," "100+Membership" and "State Project".
Eleven students received the "Power of One" awards for completing all five modules and will be recognized at the National Leadership Conference this summer in Atlanta. They are as follows: Lindsey Eaton, Wayden Hemphill, Nicole Rackley, Savannah Hollowell, Taylor Cresswell, Addie Hendrix, Nadia Baureis, Diego Rubio, Jenna Gillespie, Ellie Riddle and Kylie Green. The five "Power of One" modules are where students set goals and meet them in areas "Take the Lead," "Working on Working," "Family Ties," "Promote FCCLA" and "A Better You".
Local Attorney J. Russell Green was awarded an Honorary Membership for his work for the Arkansas FCCLA Foundation.
Several students competed at a district competition and went on to State STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) events competition and won the following medals: HSHS Sr. Nutrition and Wellness, Olivia Candau won first place Gold and will be going to nationals. HSHS Jr. Recycle and Redesign, Jacob Cantrell won Silver; HSHS St. National Programs in Action, Alaina Crouch and Isabella Cusick won Silver; HS Middle Jr. Focus on Children, Vallie Cantrell, Faith Cowhers and Grace Copeland won first place Gold and will be going to nationals.
Kylie Green will represent Arkansas at nationals while she runs for a national office. Green said Vice President-Programs is her top choice. As State Vice President of Public Relations her State Project was the United Way.
Other students who participated and what they competed in were: Chapter in Review Display Senior, Payton Bricker and Paige Foree. National Programs in Action, Alaina Crouch and Isabella Cusick. From Heber Springs Middle School: Entrepreneurship Junior, Christin Rowlett and Whitney Landrum.
Focus on Children Junior, Vallie Cantrell, Faith Cowhers and Grace Copeland. The middle school sponsor is Shelby King.
In addition to the students awards Lori Cantrell was awarded the Master Advisor recognition. This award is given to advisors who meet certain criteria, have two recommendations and have community involvement with the FCCLA students. “I am honored to receive one of the four Master Advisor awards presented this year in Arkansas and being recognized by my peers for doing something that I love,” said Cantrell.
Heber Springs Middle School and High School were also given "Top Ten" awards and recognized as a Gold Star school, as well as 100+ membership. To win these awards the group must up membership by one, submit a picture of them with their uniforms, volunteer with a community organization, compete in STAR events at state and national competition.
The student body was recognized by the national program for their "Pledge to be the first Tobacco Free generation."
Valli Cantrell sang the National Anthem at the competition also.
Those headed to compete in the National Competition are Olivia Candau for Sr. Nutrition and Wellness and Kylie Green who is running for National Office.
Middle Schoolers who will be going to Nationals are Valli Cantrell, Faith Cowhers and Grace Copeland.
“The best part about being a FACS Teacher/ FCCLA Advisor is seeing these kids work so hard and watching them accomplish so much. I have watched students terrified to speak in front of people transform into leaders and speak confidently in front of thousands. I have had the pleasure of working with some great kids. It is so rewarding to see them succeed, competing at district, state and national levels in career, community and family-focused arenas. I know that these kids will go on to do great things.” said Cantrell.