More than 7,500 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country gathered in Nashville for the 2017 National Leadership Conference.

The meeting provided Celina High School members with the opportunity to hear national speakers, meet the National Executive Council, explore colleges and careers, and impact a city with the Unlimited Possibilities of FCCLA. Berlin Clemens, Class of 2017, and Sierra Smith, Class of 2020, from Celina High School, were among the members and took part in STAR Event competitions at the conference.

“When members commit to competing, they commit to a project that requires extensive planning action and follow through. A STAR event project offers a leadership experience beyond typical classroom allowance,” said CHS teacher and FCCLA adviser Heather Hussong.

FCCLA offers over 30 STAR [Students Taking Action with Recognition] Events. These events represent college and career readiness skills taught in Family and Consumer Sciences classroom. Members compete at the regional, state and national levels.

This year, Clemens and Smith were among over 4,200 STAR Event participants who competed in Nashville. Clemens competed in Teach and Train Senior. Her project focused on creating and teaching a lesson budgeting for high school students. Smith competed in Advocacy Junior. Recycling was the focus of her project, and the result started a recycling program for Celina High School. Both received gold medals in their events.