Two teams from Buffalo Island Central Junior High FCCLA brought back gold from a recent trip to California giving them a clean sweep. They were Gold winners starting with district, state and now nationals.
(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
One gold team created a nonperishable sports extreme mix snack food which won top honors at all three levels.
The other team focused on educating children on fire safety. They were motivated by a child in their own elementary school who was burned. They also won Gold in all three levels.
The girls held several fundraisers including a car wash, yard sale, parties for Pampered Chef and a purse party, and waited on tables at a local restaurant.
They again expressed their appreciation to everyone who donated or helped in any way. They all said it was a wonderful opportunity to be able to attend the National Convention.
It was Erin's second trip to the FCCLA Nationals. Her team won last year and traveled to Chicago.
This is the first time two teams earned the honors to compete at the National Level. There were over 3,500 students from every state at the National Convention.
The judging was tough with three judges scoring each project.
"Several bronze and silver awards were presented but not near as many gold," Blaire said.
The teams are junior high competitors. Going into the ninth grade are Erin, Madison, Valerie, Kelsey, and Hannah. Blaire is going into the eighth grade.
The girls enjoyed the trip and all agreed it was educational. It was the first trip by air for some of them. In addition to the meetings, they visited Disneyland and Huntington Beach.
Each offered their observations about the trip and what they enjoyed.
"I liked seeing how the atmosphere was so different from Arkansas," Madison said. "It was a learning experience."
"I liked meeting people from different states," Blaire said. "We were teased about our southern accent."
"The weather was different," Erin said. "It was cold in the mornings and evenings but warm during the day. It was a great opportunity to be able to go."
"We didn't have to ride everywhere we went," Kelsey said. "There was a lot to do all within walking distance."
"I liked the overall experience of getting to go to California," Hannah said. "I liked the climate."
Valerie agreed she liked the overall experience.
"I could have done without the cold," Valerie said. "I saw a lot of things I would have never seen here."
They are thinking of projects for next year. Next year's National Convention will be held in Orlando, Fla.
They watched the senior high winners receive medals and college scholarships.
The Buffalo Island Central gold winners have set new goals and plan to work toward them.
You can take the girls out of the south but you can't take the south out of the girls. One of the first things they wanted to do when they arrived home was set tea, southern style.