Buffalo Island Central team wins national award
For the third consecutive year Buffalo Island Central junior high students have top awards at the National Family Consumer Community Leaders of American (FCCLA).
This year team members Drew McFall, Cory Turner and MaKensie Walker (all going into the ninth grade) returned from Nationals with a Gold for their first place award in Food Innovations.
The three person team won their way to National competition winning first place in Regional held in Jonesboro and first place at State held in Conway.
This year's National Convention was held July 7-11 in Nashville, Tenn. Thousands of young people attended from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Guam. Adviser Kyle Crosskno accompanied her students, along with parents Mandy McFall, Frankie and Lisa Turner, and Murelene Walker.
The team's project was the creation of a new food product, Grab N Go Bar. The new granola type bar was made from oats, coconut, peanuts, and a variety of food items. The students made the food bar, created a marketing plan and presented the product at Regional, State and National level.
They made a few changes on the marketing board and their dress for the presentation but the product basically stayed the same from start to finish.
This was the boys second year to win at Nationals. Last year they won Silver, second place, with their Environmental Ambassador project. It was held in Orlando, Fla. This was MaKensie's first year to compete at Nationals but she hopes it will not be her last.
The 2011 Convention was held in California with two BIC teams winning Gold.
This year's Convention was held at the Opryland Convention Center and the students enjoyed staying at the Orpyland Hotel. They also visited the Grand Ole Opry, a water park and several tourist attractions in the area.
They all expressed their appreciation to everyone who donated money, helped with fund raisers, and supported them in their effort to compete at the National level. They want to thank their teacher and the administration for their support.
They presented their program to the BIC School Board last week.
Plans by this team are in the works for next year's Nationals. They have tossed around doing a project focusing on children. There are about 20 projects to choose from. Participants are not allowed to do the same category two consecutive years. Next year's National Convention will be held in San Antonio, Texas, and the three hope to be there.
All three are honor roll students.
Drew is involved in multiple clubs and has been accepted to go to Minnesota for a new website he and 11 other students have created. The website, Sparticl, is geared for teens. He is also in the band and plays eight instruments. He said he may pursue a career in mechanical engineering with a degree in software engineering.
Cory is also involved in multiple clubs and is on the junior high basketball team. He is all
in choir and made All Region. Cory is interested in landscaping architecture.
MaKensie, like her teammates, is involved multiple clubs at BIC Junior High. She is also involved in softball, golf and basketball. She hopes to pursue a career in international marketing in clothing.