BLOOMINGTON - Seven silver and gold medals represent an accomplished group of Worthington High School students who competed at the March 28-30 state FCCLA Convention in Bloomington.
In line with the three pillars of FCCLA - Family, Career and Community - students’ interests were reflected in their unique projects.
Silver medals were awarded to Jordan Vincente Ramirez and Britanie Barajas. Vincente Ramirez’s project, “Taboo,”explored various gestures and their appropriateness or inappropriateness in certain cultures. Barajas’ project, “Which One’s for Me?”, gathered information and financial planning to help choose a cell phone.
Gold medalists Leemit Synavone and Mekdelawit Tilathun explored and presented on interior design and immigration attorney careers, respectively.
Partners Kaylee Gerdes and Robert Ramirez also earned a gold medal for their informative project on human trafficking. The team presented a trifold of human trafficking statistics, graphs and definitions.
In addition to researching statistics, the duo also facilitated a live program from Southwest Crisis Center Youth Outreach Coordinator Seth Quam. Quam spoke to the Family and Consumer Science Independent Living class with FCCLA members present.
Junior Ariadne Barrera also earned a gold medal and was selected as an alternative to the National FCCLA Conference.
Her project, “Guidance to a New World,” included the compilation of a welcome packet to be distributed to students admitted into the school’s EL newcomers’ class, which is designed for students new to the country with little English language skills.
Barrera said the guide book includes sectioned information about the school district, including “people to know” like teachers or administrators, “phone numbers to know” that includes office and translator numbers, and “places to know” like the gym and cafeteria.
An assortment of school supplies were also packed into the manila envelope.
“We also put American candy in it,” she said. “We put Starbursts in because it is the FCCLA candy.”
Barrera said she’s gotten positive feedback on the welcome packets and suggestions on how to make it better.
She said it will be about a month before she knows whether or not she’ll get to take her project to FCCLA nationals in Anaheim, Calif.
Whether the projects centered on the family, career or community aspects, WHS FCCLA advisor Bonnie Bents said it’s fun to witness how students are able to pull together the various aspects of FCCLA and showcase what the organization has done for them.
“I enjoy seeing their confidence presenting and the pride in what they’re able to accomplish,” she said.