Lady Viking Softball players Katlyn Carter and Meghan Hammond are state champions. As members of the Rowan County Senior High School FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) Club, they gave their competition presentation at the State Convention in Louisville, KY on March 29. Their STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Event presentation category was “Sports Nutrition” and they were awarded First Place. To reach the state level of competition, the duo won the Region 9 competition earlier in the month in Maysville, KY.
The competition centers around a portfolio of research about food plans for effective athletic performance. A panel of judges was given a copy of the portfolio and Carter and Hammond gave an oral presentation with a trifold board that discussed the content of the portfolio. The judges evaluated the completeness and accuracy of research, professionalism, appearance, and quality of oral speaking skills.
“Katlyn invited me to join the club last year,” Hammond said. “It is a student-lead organization and it teaches us how to be better leaders. Since I play softball, this topic is of interest to me.”
According to Carter, “FCCLA helps me learn leadership skills, how to work with others, and problem solving. I also enjoy the competitiveness of the STAR events and feel a great sense of accomplishment when we succeed.”
Carla Dehart is the club’s faculty advisor. “FCCLA is an excellent student organization where students learn leadership skills that will prepare them for the future. In the case of Katlyn and Meghan, they had to create a nutrition plan for a high school athlete and present that plan in front of three judges for their STAR Event. In the process they learned more about nutrition, time management, organization, and public speaking skills. They also had to work as a team. And as a team they excelled.”
As state champions in their event, Carter and Hammond have been invited to compete at the FCCLA National Convention in San Diego, CA, July 3-7, 2016.
FCCLA is a national Career and Technical Student Organization that provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities for students in Family and Consumer Sciences education.
This is the first time in six years that an RCSHS FCCLA member has been to the state competition and the first time in chapter history that a student has progressed to the national convention.