Athens Review, Athens, Texas

June 28, 2013

Huge award

AHS largest FCCLA chapter award winner

Joe Elerson
The Athens Review

Athens — Athens High School was recognized as the National Family, Career and Community Leaders of America largest chapter award winner this week.

The Athens chapter had 200 students participate this year, according to sponsor Jennifer Gorell.

“We actually did what is an option for career and technical education,” Gorell said. “We registered all of our students that were in family and consumer sciences classes, which was about 200 students.”

The FCCLA website states that any students who has taken a course in Family and Consumer Sciences, or as determined by the state department of education, middle school through grade 12 is eligible for active membership in an organized chapter within their school. Once the state and national dues are paid, the student will be an official affiliated member.

Teachers can be certified to teach Family and Consumer Sciences Education, or as determined by the State Department of Education, can serve as the FCCLA chapter adviser.

The FCCLA mission statement is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner, and community leader, members develop skills for life through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communications, practical knowledge and career preparation.

Gorell said receiving the recognition from the FCCLA shows that the kids’ hard work has paid off.

“It means that the program, as far as FCCLA and culinary arts, is moving in the right direction,” Gorell said. “We are providing kids with growth and leadership.”

Gorell said she hopes to extend the program out for even more members next year.

“I am trying to increase more active participation,” Gorell said. “We are so spread out at the high school with my building which is by itself and one in the career and tec- ed building at the high school.”

She said she was pleased with the participation from the students due to meetings and other events that the students participate in at the high school.

Gorell said she is interested to see the involvement with FCCLA when she receives her budget for the 2013-2014 school year.

“We have to see where the finances lay next year. I made a budgetary decision to throw my FCCLA budget to pay for the registration fee, which the students have to pay for to join,” Gorell said. “I chose for that to be where I wanted my money to go, instead of buying new equipment.”