By Stephanie Hartley
Bibb County School District
Paige Riser and Sabrina Rutledge, two students from Rutland High School, competed in the National STAR Event Competition at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference.
Rutland High School’s chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) attended the National Leadership Conference (NLC) in Anaheim, California, from June 30th – July 4th. Paige Riser, a rising senior of Rutland, competed in her STAR Event and took home a gold medal.
Over 4,700 FCCLA members competed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events at NLC. STAR Events are competitive events in which members are recognized for their proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation.
Paige competed in the Career Investigation event, Senior category, on July 2nd and brought home gold on July 4th, placing not only 1st in the FCCLA Southern Region, but 2nd in the nation with a score of 97.66%. Paige was the only student from Bibb County to compete at FCCLA NLC after scoring a perfect score and placing within the top two in the state in March at the organization’s Georgia State Leadership Conference in Atlanta.
In addition, Rutland’s Sabrina Rutledge, who is the Georgia FCCLA Vice President of Public Relations, also attended NLC and served as one of the few voting delegates for the state of Georgia, which has the largest FCCLA state association in the country. This position allowed Sabrina to help choose the members of the 2019-2020 National Executive Council, who serve FCCLA on the national level, on behalf of Georgia.
More than 8,700 participants from across the country gathered together at FCCLA NLC 2019 to attend leadership training and enrichment programs, hear national speakers, meet youth leaders from across the nation, participate in Competitive Events, and explore college and career options.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a dynamic and effective national 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. FCCLA has over 175, 000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Congratulations to Paige on her success and accomplishments this year, and to Sabrina on her important role in the state and national organizations.