FCCLA awards rain on midstate students

August 7, 2013 

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is booming in Houston County, and the awards two schools picked up this summer prove it.

Nikita Shetty, Katie Hampton and Bobbie Melden represented the Mossy Creek Middle School FCCLA at the FCCLA National Conference, which was held July 7-11 in Nashville, Tenn.

Nikita and Katie won national gold medals in the Chapter Showcase Manual event. In this event, the two girls had to make a scrapbook reviewing the 2012-2013 chapter activities and also had to make a presentation for a panel of judges. Bobbie Melden won a gold medal in the Junior National Programs In Action FCCLA Students Taking Action With Recognition event.

Across the county, Bonaire Middle School, which formed its FCCLA chapter only two years ago, received the FCCLA 2013 National Middle School Career Connection Award. Bonaire Middle will be recognized at the State Board Of Education meeting this month. Also being recognized is chapter member Makaela Fitzwater, who is serving as a middle level state officer, representing all the middle school chapters in Georgia.

The Career Connection Award was based on Bonaire Middle’s hosting of a career day for eighth-graders in February. The event had guest speakers and exhibitors from colleges and businesses. The FCCLA assisted with the career day and helped with every aspect of the event, from setting up the hospitality room to finding speakers.

Bonaire Middle also had a student named as the National Otis Spunkmeyer Originals Recipe Winner, and the award was announced at the national convention. Peyton Roark submitted her original recipe Georgia Peaches and Cream Dessert to the contest and also will be recognized at the State Board of Education meeting. Peyton’s recipe calls for butter sugar cookies, fresh peaches, whipping cream, vanilla flavoring and vanilla pudding.

Not only the students at Bonaire Middle have been recognized for their achievements in FCCLA. Family and consumer science teacher Alice Mullis was selected by an awards committee as the Georgia Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences affiliate division 2013 Outstanding Teacher in Community Service.

Mullis came to Bonaire three years ago and started the FCCLA the year she arrived.

The chapter’s first success came at the FCCLA competitions held at the Georgia National Fair. The chapter won the Knowledge Bowl in its first year.

“That was really the fire that sparked everything,” Mullis said.

Since then, Bonaire has won Superior Chapter Awards for the past two years at the Georgia National Fair and was named the 2013 Georgia FCCLA Middle School Chapter of the Year.

“It has been a very good adventure,” Mullis said about starting the Bonaire chapter. “It has been a joy.”

During her teaching career of 32 years, Mullis has seen a lot of changes in the program. What is now known as family and consumer sciences was formerly known as home economics, and the club attached to it was not known as FCCLA but as Future Homemakers of America.

“The focus has changed to help students develop more leadership skills,” Mullis said. “We have incorporated their language arts skills, math skills and science skills to work on their projects in both the classroom and the FCCLA competition events.”

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