Leaders return from California conference

Photo submitted to Times Observer Pictured are Madison McFarland and Emma McFarland who received gold medals for their National Program benefitting Parkinson’s Disease research. The twins just finished their eighth grade year at West Forest.
Photo submitted to Times Observer Pictured from left: Evan Eisenman (recent graduate of WF), Rachel Beatty (recent graduate of WCCS), Travis Swartz (recent graduate of WF), Eliana Beatty (finished freshman year at EF), TJ Kunselman (finished junior year at WF), Dominic Grubbs (recent graduate of WF), Tessa Korchak (finished junior year at EF), Jacob Humes (recent graduate of WF), Amelia Crouse (recent graduate of WCCS) and Jacob Sorensen (recent graduate of WCCS).

The Forest Area School District Chapters of FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) recently returned from the National Leadership Conference. The NLC was held in Anaheim, CA from June 29 – July 4. Forest Area School had twelve students compete at the national level as well as participating in workshops, voting sessions, evaluating, and hearing keynote speakers.

Evan and TJ worked as a team to give an educational presentation to the FASD students and earned bronze medals at the NLC. Rachel, Amelia and Jacob S. (WCCS students belonging to the EF FCCLA Chapter) organized a sock drive for the homeless and earned silver medals. Travis, Dominic and Jacob H. presented a Chapter in Review project highlighting the many activities of the WF Chapter and earned silver medals. Eliana Beatty organized a pet food drive to benefit Forest and Warren Counties and earned a silver medal. Tessa Korchak presented an Illustrated Talk about Music Therapy and earned a gold medal.

Besides the Conference activities, students were able to spend a couple hours at Huntingdon Beach, visit Disneyland, and tour Los Angeles. They even experienced the unplanned event of an earthquake. Everyone was safe, but it was a little “shocking”!

Special thanks to the JW Bowman Proper Grant, PNC Bank, Rescare, Veteran’s Club of Forest County, and the Fryburg Sportsman’s Club for the grants and donationFCCLAs which made this trip possible. Also, many thanks to the community members for all the support through our fundraisers. The students had a fantastic learning experience and represented Forest and Warren Counties with outstanding pride and medals.

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