Starr’s Mill student videos qualify for national competition


Two FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) teams from Starr’s Mill High have qualified to participate in the FCCLA National Leadership Conference competitive events after their videos received top scores from the state level competition.

The student teams of Annika Smith and Maggie Simonian, and Paige Grisamore and Jaci Edwards, qualified for the Digital Stories for Change and Instructional Video Design events, respectively. Both events recognize participants who demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities to actively identify an issue concerning families, careers, or communities; research the topic; and develop a digital story to advocate for positive change. Projects must place in the top 10 at the state competition to qualify for the national tournament.

Annika and Maggie created a video blog about how a person’s actions can have a positive impact on their community. They videoed themselves doing various community service activities around the county such as picking up litter at a local park and creating and hand-delivering Valentine’s Day cards to residents at a senior living facility. Both are juniors. They are among 16 other teams competing in their event at Level 3, and one of two teams from Georgia.

Paige and Jaci, also both juniors, focused their instructional video on how to get away from an abductor. They demonstrate two possible scenarios and provide tips to get out of dangerous situations. They are among 16 other teams competing in their event at Level 3, and one of four teams from Georgia.

Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the national conference, originally scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C. this summer, will be held virtually July 7-9.

Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences education in public and private schools. Everyone is part of a family, and FCCLA is the only national career and technical student organization with the family as its central focus. Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills necessary for life through character development, critical and creative thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation.