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A half-dozen Hamilton High School students and their sponsor were among the more than 7500 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members, advisers, alumni and guests from across the country who gathered in Nashville for the 2017 National Leadership Conference.  

Abby Killian, Emma Polster and Elaine Polster (pictured l-r) brought home gold medals from the national Students Taking Action with Recognition events held at the conference, and Sydney English, Kirsten Niemann and Kali Stroud, silver.

The meeting provided HHS FCCLA members the opportunity to attend leadership and program training, hear national speakers, meet the National Executive Council, explore colleges and careers and impact a city with the Unlimited Possibilities of FCCLA.  

FCCLA’s STAR events are based on the belief that every student is a winner. Competition, evaluation and recognition all stress cooperation as the basis of success. Youth and adults work together to manage the events and serve as evaluators of the participants.

Throughout the year, FCCLA members tackle issues such as teen violence prevention, traffic safety, family issues, career exploration and much more. FCCLA programs and competitions enrich student learning, improve self-esteem and serve students with a range of ability levels, economic situations and cultural influences.

FCCLA offers more than 30 STAR events, including early childhood education, job interview, sports nutrition and more, represent college and career readiness skills taught in Family and Consumer Sciences classroom.

Members compete at the district, state and national level.

This year, Killian and the Polster sisters were among more than 4200 STAR event participants who competed in Nashville. They competed in the Chapter in Review Display, Senior Category. Their project focused on activities that the Hamilton FCCLA chapter completed throughout the school year.

Emma, Elaine and Abby received a gold medal in the event.

The second Hamilton team of English, Niemann and Stroud competed in Chapter Service Project Portfolio, Senior Category, covered one service project that Hamilton FCCLA has done this past year and received a silver medal.

“I just cannot emphasize how much FCCLA has helped my children throughout high school,” said Emma and Elaine’s mom, Misti.

“Because of FCCLA Emma has traveled to Washington D.C., and Elaine and Emma to San Diego and now Nashville.

“We greatly appreciate the support of our local administration and school board.

“FCCLA state winners who attend Texas Tech majoring in Family Consumer Science receive $8000 scholarships. They are also given opportunities to apply for other scholarships through FCCLA. 

“Emma received $1500 from Adams Extract,” she said. “When kids are going into high school, I strongly encourage FCCLA.  If you are willing to work, FCCLA can be a great blessing to your life.”

FCCLA is a dynamic and effective career and technical student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education.

It has more than 164,000 members and more than 5300 chapters from 49 state associations, in addition to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Participation in national FCCLA programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers and communities.

For more information on FCCLA, contact adviser Christie Richmond at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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