EDISON, NJ — Several West Orange High School (WOHS) students from the Family, Community and Career Leaders of America (FCCLA) Club recently attended the annual Fall State Leadership Conference and returned with several medals.

Focusing on this year’s theme of "Action for a Better World," the students competed against other schools in several areas of Family and Consumer Science. WOHS was well represented and walked away with three silver and two bronze medals.

Ebun Adegbite and Morgan McNeil earned a silver medal in Caregiver Carry-All, requiring students to create a pack containing a day’s worth of activities aimed at teaching "gratitude" to a child between two and five years old.

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Kathleen VanCauwenberge and Samantha Montegue, who created a wind chime from recycled materials, received a silver medal for their Go Green Recycle Project.

Club members also earned a silver medal for their Maple Pumpkin Cupcakes in the cupcake competition, where Marissa Edelman, Samantha Joseph and Agustina Pedrido baked and presented 60 cupcakes on a tree display. The cupcake tree was used in a fundraiser for Hurricane Dorian relief.

Ashley Azana, Jordan Fenske and Nooha Kawsar received a silver medal for their banner, which represented the conference theme of "Action for a Better World."

"Jill Thompson, the FCCLA club advisor, will be working with the club members in preparation for the spring conference, and students may qualify to compete in the National competition this summer," said Nancy Mullin, Supervisor of Career Education and Library Science at WOHS.

Full results from the fall competition can be seen below.






 Ashley Azana, Jordan Fenska, and Nooha Kawsar

 Caregiver Carry-All


 Ebun Adegbite and Morgan McNeil

 Community Counts


 Nanma Biju, Faith Nzegwu, and Grace Wenzel

 Cupcake Challenge


 Marissa Edelman, Samantha Joseph, and Agustina Pedrido 

 Go Green: Windchime 


 Kathleen VanCauwenberge and Samantha Montegue