Local FCCLA students going to national competition in California

Several Lanier County High students are going to a national FCCLA competition.
Local students will be going to the nationals for FCCLA (Future Career and Community Leaders of America), competing against students from all over the country in hopes of winning gold in their respective fields, whether it be a team or individual.

From left, Amaya Lacey, T’Nyia Spivey, Chloe Tuten and Ashton Abbott will be representing LCHS at the FCCLA national competition.

These students first competed in the regional, then state, competitions to be able to advance to the nationals that will be held in Anaheim, California from June 29th until July 5th. Locally from Lanier County, the team of Amaya Lacey and T’Nyia Spivey received gold at the state level in Interpersonal Communication, with an emphasis on speaking up and making one’s voice heard in difficult situations. The team of Chloe Tuten and Ashton Abbott will be competing in Chapter Service Project display of which they won gold at the state level in focusing on the operations of the Youth IMPACT Center. Brandon Crosby of Naylor, representing Lowndes High, who is an aspiring fashion designer having designed and sewn several garments – one of which won him gold at the regional and silver in the state competition , thus landing him a trip to nationals.

Brandon Crosby with one of the shirts he designed

The students will participate in leadership activities while out in California besides the competitions, but there are many opportunities that may arise for them during their stay.

Lanier County FCCLA Advisor Marina Ortiz is excited that the students are getting this opportunity. She has had an impressive record at nationals, having had students to the competition 18 of 21 years. This year at state, she had 8 of 11 categories in the top 10. The Lanier County students will also have some time away from the competition as it will not be all day events and they will get to do some sightseeing while there, possibly taking in dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe and shopping on the world-famous Rodeo Drive and get to see the Walk of Fame in Hollywood.

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