BOONVILLE — Two Starmount High Students are preparing for a special trip across the country to represent their school in a national competition for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Jacob Madison, Brittney Key, Adrian Wood, Hannah Shell and Brianna Arroyo competed last month in the statewide competition at the Greensboro Koury Convention Center.
Shell received third place in the Promote and Publicize category, Adrian Wood received third in Teach and Train and Arroyo received silver in FCCLA Chapter Project. Key claimed a second-place honor in the Teach and Train category and Madison took home a gold medal in the Food Innovations category. Key and Madison will go to San Diego, California, this summer to compete nationally. The two are busy organizing fundraising events to raise the money for the trip.
A yard sale fundraiser is scheduled for Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Boonville Elementary School. Anyone wishing to donate items for the sale are asked to contact Marty Stewart at Starmount High School.
Last semester Key and Madison took Foods 1 as part of their occupational course of study at Starmount. Key did an off-campus program where she worked at Domino’s Pizza and learned to put together the pizza boxes. Her presentation for the FCCLA competition is to teach others how to put together the pizza boxes.
Madison’s project involved creating a smoothie recipe. He made several recipe prototypes which he had his classmates to sample. He made changes and improvements based on their suggestions to come up with the final recipe which includes bananas and strawberries. His project goal was to encourage students to make healthier food choices.
Both students presented their projects to a panel of judges at the statewide competition and they will do so again this summer in San Diego for the national competition.
Key and Madison said it was a little nerve wracking to present in front of the judges, but they enjoyed it. They said a trip to the mall in Greensboro was another fun part of the state competition trip. Neither of them have been to California before and they said they were excited about the plane trip and the chance to compete at the national level.
When asked if they thought they would win first place, Key said “yes” without hesitation though Madison said he wasn’t so sure.
Whether or not they win at the national competition, their teachers are thrilled for them to have the opportunity.
Sammi Stone has served as a one-on-one personal care assistant for Madison since he was in kindergarten.
“I’m absolutely amazed,” Stone said of how far both students have come this year in their courses. “For them to go in those meeting rooms and present in front of strangers and be able to go on to the national level competition is incredible. I’m really proud of them.”
Teacher Marty Stewart is practically beside herself that her students are getting this chance.
“It is a new chapter here at Starmount,” Steward said of the FCCLA club. “I knew it would offer wonderful opportunities and it is phenomenal the amount of growth, personal growth, leadership growth, social skills, all the things that they have stepped up to the plate, and my expectation may have been a little high, but it put forth that challenge and both of them, they’ve already won, as students, as individuals they’ve already won. They’ve accomplished what may have been a dream regardless of what happens at nationals.”
In addition to this weekend’s yard sale fundraiser, a Thirty One Bingo fundraiser for Key and Madison is scheduled for June 9 at Collide Church in Yadkinville.
For information on donating to the fundraising or yard sale items, contact Marty Stewart or Taylor Vestal at Starmount High School, 336-468-2891.
“There will be all kinds of gifts given away so come out and support these young students,” said Stewart.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.