Although the COVID-19 pandemic created some changes this year, three Peaster ISD students were successful at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America national conference.
Peaster High School juniors Emily Galloway, Daisy Garcia and Macy Pennington competed in the first-ever virtual FCCLA STAR Events national conference and won Promote and Publicize FCCLA.
“I was the only one that was able to get into the conference and so I was there listening to it live,” Galloway said. “Once I got the results, I called everyone and I was screaming and running around.”
Promote and Publicize FCCLA is where a team or individual educates their schools and communities about FCCLA, with the intention of growing chapters and strengthening FCS and FCCLA programs, according to the STAR Events website.
“I was really surprised,” Pennington said. “I did not think we could do it, but we did it and I was really happy and excited.”
Garcia added, “I was also super surprised because winning nationals was our No. 1 goal and we never thought we could do it. Us actually winning nationals was a dream come true.”
Peaster FCCLA Advisor Kathy Sears said the state conference was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The girls put together a great project promoting FCCLA in our community. They took their project to regionals where they finished in first place. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our state conference was cancelled. However, national qualifiers were selected by comparing the scores from all five regional conferences in Texas,” Sears said. “Once again, the girls rose to the top and won the state contest. As the pandemic worsened the national conference was held virtually. The girls were so disappointed that they weren’t able to go to Washington, D.C. where the conference was supposed to be held.”
Garcia said they never expected the conference to go virtual.
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