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NVHS FCCLA students show well at state event, including national qualifier

Madison Benton and Marilyn Velazquez led a seven-student contingent for Nooksack Valley High School at the STAR (Students Taking Action via Recognition) Events as part of the FCCLA State Leadership Conference in Wenatchee. The two students won the state event, qualifying for the national event.

All seven students, though, scored a silver or higher in their respective events.

Brenton and Velazquez, both freshmen, earned a gold score and first place in the state during the event. Alan Hernandez and Felipe Castaneda, both sophomores, earned gold scores and finished in the top-five. Senior Olivia Pears and sophomore Meadow Bettis combined for a gold score and junior Martin Samano garnered a silver score. Joelle Day serves as the club advisor.

Benton and Velazquez worked in the Chapter Service Project Portfolio where they planned and implemented a warm winter clothing drive with all items donated to Sumas Community Clothesline.

Hernandez and Castaneda planned and implemented a “Trick or Can” event as part of the same event with a community-wide food drive on Halloween. They also planned a dinner for Rebound Whatcom County.

Pears and Bettis competed in Illustrated Talk, offering a detailed presentation on the impact of stress on teens, including a community service project with the NAMI nonprofit organization.

Working in the Advocacy event, Samano gave a presentation on advocating for families who suffer from the impact of separation at the border and what can be done in the Sumas community to help. 

FCCLA is the abbreviation for the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America program. The STAR Events offer competitive events to allow members to compete in individual or team events. Competitors who score a 90 or better at regional competitions moved to the state level. There are over 25 events available in STAR Events, from sports nutrition to job interviews and fashion design to early childhood education.