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FHHS Students Win National FCCLA Competition

Junior Shaniyha Rushing (left) and senior Courtney Allen (right) won the gold medal for their presentation in the "Promoting and Publicizing" category at the National FCCLA Convention this summer.

Two Forest Hills students are the best in the nation at promoting and publicizing their FCCLA chapter! Senior Courtney Allen and junior Shaniyha Rushing received the first-place gold medal for their presentation, "Keep Calm and Join FCCLA," during the National FCCLA Convention this summer in San Antonio, Texas.

Their journey to national recognition began at Forest Hills in Ms. Kimberly Burke's Parenting/Child Development class. It was in this Family and Consumer Science class that they learned about FCCLA and decided to join. Both became officers. Courtney was the Resource Officer, and Shaniyha was the contact for Public Relations. In their club meetings, they learned about areas in which they could compete against students from other schools. They began developing a presentation for the "Promoting and Publicizing" category with the help of their teacher and advisor, Ms. Burke. After a lot of practicing after school, they, along with their advisor and other club members, traveled to the State FCCLA Convention in Greensboro in May, and won first place!

That presented the opportunity for them to compete at the National FCCLA Convention during the summer in San Antonio, Texas. Their club planned fundraisers to ensure that they could go. The first was a Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee's in Monroe, and the club also held two yard sales in front of the Dollar General in Wingate. With the support of the school and the community, they were able to go.

For both Courtney and Shaniyha, the week in San Antonio is one they say they'll never forget. For one thing, it was the first time either of them had been on an airplane. At the convention, not only did they win the gold medal in their category; they also met FCCLA members from all over the country. They traded state pins with other members and now have pins from Montana, Washington, Wisconsin, Texas, and New Jersey, just to name a few. They were able to attend workshops and were offered the opportunity to serve as judges for others. Shaniyha said that she would encourage others to experience what she and Courtney did.

Both young ladies wanted to thank their teacher and advisor, Mrs. Kimberly Burke, for all her hard work and support. "She was very helpful," said Courtney. Shaniyha added, "She encouraged us and kept us on our toes." Joining FCCLA and getting involved is where this all started. All it takes, they said, is that you take a Family and Consumer Science class and that you are committed.

Written by: Melissa Howell
Posted: Sep 23, 2014 by Melissa Howell

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