Prairie Valley FCCLA students advance to nationals




GOWRIE – Six Prairie Valley High School students will participate in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America nationals in San Antonio, Texas, in July.

There are 14 FCCLA categories the students can participate in. PVHS competed in five, according to Sherry Vogel, PVHS Family and Consumer Sciences instructor, said.

“They’ve been working on this since the start of school,” Vogel said. “You can always do your start events from July 1 until now, basically. They’ve been working all year on getting their projects completed and done.”

Erica Nordin and Hannah Peterson competed in the category of National Programs in Action, creating a career fair at Prairie Valley for middle school students.

“They were the top gold, advancing to national,” Vogel said.

Stephanie Blunk competed in Career Investigation.

“She investigated the career of being an elementary teacher,” Vogel said.

RaeAnn Hanlon competed in Fashion Design.

“She completed a portfolio with six pieces in her design collection,” Vogel said.

Kate Dyer competed in Sports Nutrition.

“She acted in the role of a dietitian for an athlete and had to come up with a dietary plan, a weight management plan and also a management tool. She used a computer application for that,” Vogel said.

And Summer Dyer competed in Hospitality and Tourism.

“She created the Fifth Quarter, which is a fictitious restaurant area that students could go for study, fun, things like that,” Vogel said. “It was focused on the culinary area.”

Vogel said she was proud of her students.

“They did excellent,” she said. “Competition was very stiff. The judges were very tough on what they did this year. They just excelled. They’re proud of their accomplishments and what they did.”

The benefits of Family and Consumer Science instruction are many, Vogel said.

“This is all dealing with life skills,” she said. “I think the kids will tell you they’ve learned a lot of communication skills, they’ve learned leadership skills, public speaking skills. And it’s just a lot of leadership development for the kids.”