FCCLA Students Advance to State Championship

Feb. 11, 2022 

Pflugerville ISD students from all four high schools focused on improving their community showed they have the ideas to make a difference at the recent Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Region V Leadership Conference by advancing to the state meet. Two high schools had representatives win their categories as well.

The Pflugerville High School FCCLA chapter wowed the judges with their presentation in the Chapter Service Project Portfolio competition to win the regional and advance to state. The Panthers had good material to work with using the school’s participation in the annual Coats For Kids coat drive.

PHS has been the leading high school in the Central Texas area for more than 15 years collecting the most coats for Coats For Kids. The team of Madelyne Ziegler, Karely Garcia and Jason Le used this community service project and PHS’s success to lay a strong foundation for their presentation.

Weiss High School grabbed first place in the Repurpose and Redesign category. The team of Patrick Christie and Mackenzie Moore saw a need to repurpose medical product waste to help the environment. They used empty pill bottles, medical masks and Clorox packaging to create planters. This allowed them to provide a home for a plant with plastic and paper goods that likely would have ended up in a landfill.

The group of Chelsea Eke, Nikki Eke and Olivia Campbell also are headed to state for Weiss after they finished fourth in Sports Nutrition.

Connally High School has one representative headed to state after Theo Saldanha placed third in Cupcake Presentation.

Hendrickson High School also has four FCCLA students headed to state after strong showings in two categories. Jeanne Vunguyen took silver in Food Innovations, and the team of Minhea Thomas, Navnoor Kaur, Ilwaad Mohamed finished fourth in Public Policy Advocacy.

For the competition, students submit their respective projects to be judged. Then, the students give a 10-minute presentation detailing how their project positively impacts their community or improves an aspect related to their category and closes with a question session for the judges.

FCCLA State Leadership Conference is April 7-9 in Dallas. The FCCLA promotes personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences Education so its members can develop skills for life.