West Bladen students wins silver at national contest


Valerie Newton - Bladen County Schools



WASHINGTON – Allie Marsh, of Clarkton recently participated in STAR Events — Students Taking Action with Recognition — at Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s 2015 National Leadership Conference.

Marsh, a sophomore at West Bladen High School and the daughter of Rusty and Gail Marsh, received a silver medal in the Life Event Planning category. This is one of 31 national STAR Events available to FCCLA students. Her medal was presented at a recognition session honoring all participants at the Washington, D.C., National Convention Center on Thursday, July 9. Thousands of members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the nation attended this meeting. Approximately 3,600 students advanced from the local, regional, and state level of STAR Events to the national meeting.

Life Event Planning is an individual or team event that recognizes participants who apply skills learned in Family and Consumer Sciences courses to manage the costs of an event. An event is defined as any upcoming occasion that will bring changes and/or new experiences and accompanying financial challenges.

Marsh used the FCCLA planning process to plan a 16th birthday party using a Mardi Gras theme. The title of her project was “Cheers to 16 Years!” She compared local venues, DJ entertainment, food, and decorations to stay within a set budget.

FCCLA’s STAR Events are based on the belief that every student is a winner. Competition, evaluation, and recognition all stress cooperation as the basis of success. Both youth and adults work together to manage the events and serve as evaluators of the participants.

Throughout the year, FCCLA members tackle issues such as teen violence prevention, traffic safety, family issues, career exploration, and much more. FCCLA programs and competitions enrich student learning, improve self-esteem, and serve students with a range of ability levels, economic situations, and cultural influences.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, 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.

West Bladen High School FCCLA advisers are Debra Kinlaw and Gail Marsh.

Valerie Newton is the public relations and information officer for Bladen County Schools.

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Valerie Newton

Bladen County Schools

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