RANDOLPH, NJ-On Mar. 20  and 21, Members of the Randolph Middle School  and High School FCCLA Chapter attended the 67th NJFCCLA State Leadership Competition Conference in Cherry Hill, New Jersey with 700 other NJ FCCLA chapter members competing in the related areas of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Besides competing, students attended various workshops, meetings and activities throughout the two days. The keynote motivational speaker for this two day conference was Cara Filler-“DRIVEN: Rules of the Road to Success” and “G.R.A.V.-COMETRY”-four values to apply to all sorts of skills necessary while in school: Growth, Research, Approachability and Validation.

The Conference ended with a luncheon presentation in which students received various awards for their efforts in competition. 

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RMS FCCLA members  were Maggie Green, Claudia Pietrus, and Nate Pangaro.  Maggie competed in “Luncheon Menu Showcase”, receiving a silver medal, and Claudia Pietrus competed in “Personal Patchwork”, receiving a gold medal.  Both of these events are state level events.

Nate Pangaro competed in “Interpersonal Communications” which is a National Competitive STAR Event and received a gold medal which means he now has the opportunity to represent the State of New Jersey at the FCCLA National Conference and Competition held in San Antonio, Texas this summer.

Advisor/FCS teacher, Karen GaNung was also honored with the “Karen Opyoke-Outstanding FCCLA/FHA Advisor Award, which is chosen by her peers.

The High School girls were also  very successful in their individual efforts and they earned 9 medals in their competitive events:

Fashion Runway (sportswear) - Julia Anderson earned a bronze medal and Kyna Horten  earned a silver medal

Fashion Runway (formalwear) - Miranda Meade earned a silver medal and Sophia Demetriou earned a gold medal.

Personal Patchwork - Jenn Swedski earned a silver medal and Alyssa Dowdy earned a gold medal.

Recycle, Redesign - Kate Davisson earned a silver medal.

Manners Matter - Alyssa Dowdy earned a gold medal and placed first in the State.

Sewing for Service - Sophia Demetriou earned a gold medal and placed first in the State.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a dynamic and effective National Student Organization that helps young men and women become leaders and addresses the important personal, family, work and social issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. 

The organization has more than 225,000 members from 50 state associations and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  Since its founding in 1945, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America have been involved with more than ten million youth.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is unique among youth organizations because its' programs are planned and run by its members.  It is the only national in-school organization where the family is its' central focus.  Participation in this national program and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers and communities.