FCCLA “Rocks” Dallas meet, Statebound

The Texas FCCLA Hybrid State Conference was held in Dallas this past weekend, where a record amount of teams advanced to Nationals. Some of Devine’s FCCLA members competed in person, while others competed virtually. This is the only Career and Technology Conference that was offered in person in Texas.
“Our kids did an amazing job,” FCCLA Sponser Madeline Steubing said. “Overall we had 8 teams consisting of 13 students advance to State.”
STAR Event Results are as follows: Sophomores Cassandra Elias and Madison Cumpian placed 5th in National Programs in Action Level 2. Senior JoJo Villanueva placed 4th in Leadership Level 3. Junior Brian Schaefer placed 2nd in Chapter Service Project Display Level 3 and will advance to Nationals. Juniors Kelli Geyer and Karma Herring placed first in National Programs in Action Level 3. This is their third year in a row to place first at Regional and first at State. They will be advancing to Nationals for the third time. Seniors Analea Brooks, Caleb Martin and Andrea Sanchez placed first in Interpersonal Communications Level 3 and will advance. This will be Analea’s and Andrea’s second year to advance to Nationals. Senior Caitlyn Breiten placed first in Say Yes to FCS Level 3 and will advance to Nationals.

Barabra Merlo, a sophomore, attended as Region V VP of Membership. She carried out Regional duties with the conference and met other officers.
Also advancing to State were senior Jamie Courtade and freshmen Makayla Breiten and Olivia Zapata. Both teams placed first at Region and had amazing projects to get to State.
“We are very proud of how hard they worked and how many people that they impacted with their projects,” Steubing said. “The Devine Chapter was awarded Outstanding Chapter and we also won the News Across Texas Award.”
FCCLA thanks Devine High School teachers and staff for supporting these students and their projects this year so that they could have the results that they earned this past weekend. ]
“Most participants used COVID as an excuse as not to complete a project and you guys rocked it,” One state judge said. “I am so glad you did not let challenges from this year stop you.”