The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

May 15, 2013

A-Tech students shine at state competitions

JEFFERSON — Many students at Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus belong to several national associations which enable the students to showcase their talent in a competitive environment. Two of these organizations, FCCLA and SkillsUSA, recently held state competitions in which A-Tech students competed against students from around the state of Ohio.

Early childhood education students at A-Tech are members of the FCCLA organization, which stands for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. Their mission is to promote personal growth and leadership development. The FCCLA state competition was held April 19 in Columbus. The Gold Medal winners this year go on to the national competition which is held in Nashville, Tenn. Katie Bogdan, Kelly Runnion and Samantha Wheattall competed in illustrated talk and they were awarded a Silver Medal. Juniors Mikayla Lingo, Mikayla Conroy and Faith Walker competed and were also awarded a Silver Medal. Congratulations to all of our FCCLA medal winners!

The FCCL A members also took what they learned in the classroom to the community this month. The seniors volunteered to work with the Kinship kids which is held at the Ashtabula County Children Services every first Monday of each month. Students helped the children by building their self esteem and worked with them in a warm, welcoming, wanted environment where they could be themselves and interact with each other. The children were engaged in games and activities while their guardians participated in support classes. Kinship is a program designed to help support a child who is unable to reside with his or her own immediate family.

Another way seniors helped out in the community was by attending an event on child abuse awareness called “Spin the Wheel.”

Senior Katie Bogdan said, “I am grateful to have had the opportunity of working with these amazing children and learning so much in a short period of time.”

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