Piggott FCCLA Shines at Nationals

Thursday, August 1, 2013
Attending the national FCCLA event in Nashville were, from left--advisor Sandra Little and FCCLA members Micah Hobbs and Katie Foster

More than 7,000 nationwide members, advisers, alumni and guests of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), gathered in Nashville, Tenn. July 6 to 11 for the 2013 National Leadership Conference. Piggott High School adviser Sandra Little and FCCLA members Katie Foster and Micah Hobbs were among them.

"This year's student-originated theme for the annual national meeting was "Find Your Voice". The meeting included an opening ceremony with a welcome from the Mayor of Nashville, key note speaker Doc Hendley a CNN 2009 Hero, many educational presentations and the STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Event competition," Little reports.

Students also enjoy the trading of state pins (a favorite among the participants). Each state provides a package for purchase, which the Arkansas package included an official FCCLA polo type shirt, a FCCLA backpack and the state pins. The participants then use these pins to meet and trade pins with FCCLA members from other states, the goal is to see how many pins can be collected. The meeting also included the STAR Event award presentation and a closing ceremony.

The highlight of the trip was the news of the local students receiving a near perfect score. Piggott High School FCCLA members Katie Foster and Micah Hobbs were among the 3,500 students who competed in 31 different STAR Events--competitive events designed to build proficiency and achievement in leadership and job-related skills.

Katie and Micah competed in the Chapter Showcase Manual event earning a gold medal, the highest status assigned. Their score was 99 out of 100, which is unheard of at the national level. The judges added many positive comments such as how incredible the manual was and about their exceptional presentation.

Katie and Micah also enjoyed many attractions while in Nashville including staying at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, a boat ride down the Delta River (the river in the hotel), a FCCLA activity at the Wild Horse Saloon which included a live band, a walk through downtown Nashville, a visit to Andrew Jackson's home the Hermitage, Nashville Shores Water Park, a bus tour of the country music stars homes and the FCCLA Gala, along with eating at several excellent restaurants, such as The Rain Forest Café and The Pancake Pantry (a famous hot spot for stars).

In addition to family and friends, numerous community members made this trip possible, including Piggott High School Board and Administration. FCCLA is extremely grateful for the support. "I feel that with the exceptional performance that our students showed at a national level, the FCCLA student organization helps acknowledge the quality of students at Piggott High School," Little noted.

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