Katie H., a student in the Academy of Hospitality & Marketing at Glencliff High School. She participates actively in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) at her school. Last summer, she attended the 2011 FCCLA National Leadership Conference and gained distinction in Nutrition & Wellness.
During the 2010-2011 school year, I competed in Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) STAR EVENTS competition where I placed first at Regional and State Level. I was then honored to advance to the 2011 FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California in representation of Glencliff High School, Metro Nashville Public Schools, and FCCLA Tennessee in the STAR EVENTS Nutrition & Wellness category.
For this event, I recorded the nutrition and physical activity intake of three people (Mrs. Angela Boone, Mr. Jonah Cavalier, and myself), researched nutrition and wellness issues, observed and noted any possible health risks of my subjects, gave each subject a set of goals with detailed steps to accomplish said goals, and created a wellness plan and nutrition plan for each. Then, I constructed a portfolio with all the above components that met all official requirements. It was a four-month process altogether. Then, I presented my portfolio for examination, and conducted an oral presentation to a panel of judges.
My advisor, Mrs. Angela Boone, and I traveled to Anaheim, California the week of July 10th. While there, I attended various workshops and ceremonies, met lots of unique people from the West Coast, East Coast, and Puerto Rico, and competed against representatives from the 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. After all points were tallied I received the Gold rank, the highest honor in my category and became the only Gold Medalist in the FCCLA Southern Region for Nutrition & Wellness Event. It was so exhilarating! We were also able to enjoy California’
s great weather, yummy food, breathtaking beaches, and visit the magical world of Disneyland. It was an experience that I will never forget.
It was such an honor to represent my terrific school, MNPS, and, of course, FCCLA Tennessee. This is an experience that has helped me prepare for my future and given me enthusiasm towards achieving my goals and doing my best to excel in all I do. Thanks to Mrs. Boone, all others who made this event a reality, and those who supported me throughout. I was able to grow as an individual as well as a leader. Plus, I brought back a reminder that hard work and dedication do pay off—
a Gold Medal.