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Manatee students compete in ‘STAR’ competition

Attendees pose for a photo after the 2016 annual conference.
Attendees pose for a photo after the 2016 annual conference. PHOTO PROVIDED

Another group of Manatee County students has a reason to smile: 17 recently returned winners from the 2016 National Leadership Conference for the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

The conference and competition ran in early July in San Diego. Among the 8,000 attendees, Six Braden River middle school students, 10 Lakewood Ranch High School student, one Sugg Middle School student and three advisers represented Manatee County.

FCCLA’s STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) events are based on the belief that every student is a winner, according to officials. Competition, evaluation and recognition all stress cooperation as the basis of success. Throughout the year, FCCLA members tackle issues such as teen violence prevention, traffic safety, family issues, career exploration and much more.

These events, which include Early Childhood Education, Job Interview and Sports Nutrition, represent college and career readiness skills taught in Family and Consumer Sciences classroom.

Gold Medal winners from the School District of Manatee County include:

  • Gyvalia Henry and Yaillen Piceno, Braden River Middle, for Chapter in Review Display;
  • Reina Langley and Carolyn Rozensky, Braden River Middle, for Chapter Service Project Display;
  • Taylor Trevithick and Jessica Zelitt, Lakewood Ranch High School for Food Innovations.

Silver Medal recipients include:

  • Sabrie McNab and Ansley Shilling, Braden River Middle School, for Chapter in Review Portfolio;
  • Madeline Hartman, Lakewood Ranch High School, for Chapter Service Project Portfolio;
  • Isabelle Starner and Alyson Hepler, Lakewood Ranch High School, for Chapter in Review Display;
  • Keiontai Henry for Advocacy.

Students who brought home bronze medals include:

  • Sidney Oake and Delaney Casterline, Lakewood Ranch High School, for Chapter in Review Portfolio;
  • Skylee Miller and Brinttnee Johnson, Lakewood Ranch High School, for Interpersonal Communications.
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