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Clearwater FCCLA Qualifies for National Competitions

Posted Date: 04/13/2022

Clearwater FCCLA Qualifies for National Competitions

The Kansas FCCLA State Leadership Conference was held in Wichita, KS, April 4-5, 2022. FCCLA stands for Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America. The annual conference is designed to recognize members and advisors, install new district and state officers, celebrate achievements of Kansas chapters, hear motivational speakers and renew friendships and acquaintances. 

At the conference, students participated in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) where members compete in individual and team events. These events offer skill development and application of learning through teamwork, setting and achieving goals, leadership and service to others. 

“This is an important event for us as the top scorers will represent Kansas and compete at the national level in San Diego, California, this summer,” said Mrs. Ashley Weber, FCCLA sponsor. “I’m proud to announce that Clearwater High School had five outstanding competitors this year.” 

Clearwater Winners

Freshman, Emily Merseal, competed in the Career Investigation event. She was required to perform self-assessments, research, explore a career, gain experience and create a plan for achieving goals related to her selected career as a criminal psychologist. She earned a gold medal and 1st place which qualifies her to compete at nationals this summer. 

Sophomore, Alexis Elliott, competed in the National Programs in Action event. She explained how she used the FCCLA Planning Process to implement a project related to the Student Body National Program. She brought awareness to substance abuse by holding a raffle at a football game and the profit was donated to Higher Ground, which is a teen substance abuse facility in Wichita. Then in January, she brought in Jim Madison to speak to our students about addiction and losing his son. Alexis earned a gold medal and qualified for nationals this summer. 

Sophomore, Jada Childs, competed in the Nutrition and Wellness event. She analyzed the health and wellness of her family, set personal goals for each person, and documented their progress towards those goals over the course of three weeks. Jada earned a gold medal and third place. 

Junior, Aubrey Gill, competed in the Promote and Publicize FCCLA event. This required her to use communications skills and techniques to educate the school and community about FCCLA with the intention of growing and strengthening FCS and FCCLA programs. She promoted February as National CTE Month and spotlighted students and staff in each CHS pathway. She placed 1st and will compete at the National level for the third year in a row. 

Senior, Miranda Shoaf, competed in the Say Yes to FCS event. Miranda is interested in becoming a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, she researched colleges, observed and job shadowed teachers and taught a lesson that promoted FCS education. Miranda earned a gold medal and will compete at the national level for the third time.

Officers Elected and Scholarships Earned

Also at the conference, Alexis Elliott, Emily Cotton, and Ava Schulte were inducted as district officers. Aubrey Gill was induced as a Kansas Peer Education Member. Aubrey Gill went through the election process and was selected as a Kansas FCCLA State Board member. She will sit on the board and make decisions for the state association next year. 

Miranda Shoaf was selected as the recipient of two FCCLA related scholarships: the $500 Kansas FCCLA Leadership Scholarship and the $500 KATFACS Scholarship. These scholarships are given to members based on their involvement, leadership skills and post-secondary plans. 


Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women. Its mission is to promote personal growth and leadership through Family and Consumer Sciences Education. FCCLA is the only student organization with the family as the central focus.  Since 1945, this organization has involved more than nine million youth and there are currently 220,000 members in nearly 7000 chapters across the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Clearwater High School FCCLA competitors Alexis Elliott, Jada Childs, Miranda Shoaf, Aubrey Gill, and Emily Merseal