TALLMADGE — The students in Tallmadge High School’s Family, Career, Community Leaders of America earned several awards at the state competition in April, and two are heading to the national competition this summer.
Sydney Marcum and Maryn Montgomery will compete in Anahiem, Calif. at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference June 30 through July 4, said Stephanie Caicco, Work & Family Living teacher. Emily Tran will also be attending, she added.
Last year, Caicco said, Marcum and Tran went to the FCCLA National Leadership in Atlanta last summer, where they won gold in Entrepreneurship.
“We have had students attend Nationals for the past several years,” Caicco said. “Before Atlanta we were in Nashville where all our attendees won Gold.”
In addition to the competition, Tran was installed as the FCCLA State President for Ohio for 2019-20 year, and Marcum was installed as the FCCLA First Vice President for Ohio 2019-20 year.
The students are part of the Early Childhood Professions Program, said Jody Morris, Teacher & Worksite Coordinator of the Early Childhood Professions Program.
“The Early Childhood Professions Career Program is a two year program for students who would like to explore careers working with young children,” Morris said. “The program is located at David Bacon School. Students in this career program are members of FCCLA.”
Morris said the State Leadership Conference, which was April 25 and 26 this year, “is the largest event of the year, with attendees participating in competitive events, leadership training, service learning, networking with fellow members and advisers, and visiting the college and career expo.”
Other notable achievements from students include:
• Audri Johnson, junior, who received a Gold Rating in the Language and Literacy Event at the Ohio FCCLA State Leadership Conference. She created and taught a language and literacy lesson that included a book and related activity.
• Cassidy Shaffer, senior, who received a Gold Place Rating in Curriculum Unit Development and was awarded a second place trophy for her event for the State of Ohio. She created a preschool self-concept curriculum unit and presented to the judges how she implemented this curriculum in her preschool internship with ASCA Head Start.
• Amanda Herring and Danielle Maurer, seniors, who received a Gold Place Rating in Event Planning and were awarded a first place trophy for their event in the State of Ohio. They planned an Ice Cream Social for children in the Summit Preschool at David Bacon. The children participated in ice cream related learning activities followed by ice cream sundaes that the children made. Amanda and Danielle planned and hosted the event.
All girls received an award for Power of One, Caicco said. The Power of One event, Morris said, “helps students find and use their personal power.”
“Members set their own goals, work to achieve them, and enjoy the results,” Morris said. “The skills students learn in Power of One helps them now and in the future in school, with friends and family, in their future at college, and on the job. This event requires the students to set goals as they tackle personal projects and explore careers.”
The students receiving the Power of One award include seniors Alyssa Germano, Amanda Herring, Danielle Maurer, Malaya Miranda, Emma Razor, Elaina Schimer, Sarah Sesto, Cassidy Shaffer, and Sydnee Smith, and junior Lexi Paulo-Roberts.
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