Two Monticello High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) teams will compete in July at a national competition after receiving gold and silver ratings at the state FCCLA STAR Events competition.

Front row (from left) Hannah Thaxton and Lara Boone. Back row (from left) FCCLA Advisor Amber Hairston, Rebecca Chisom, Michele Moseley, and Hannah Kling.

Front row (from left) Hannah Thaxton and Lara Boone. Back row (from left) FCCLA Advisor Amber Hairston, Rebecca Chisom, Michele Moseley, and Hannah Kling.

Hannah Kling, who received a gold rating in an individual “Focus on Children” display competition, and Michele Moseley, Rebecca Chisom, and Lara Boone, who received a silver rating in a team “Chapter Service” portfolio competition, will advance to the national competition at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Kling’s child safety project “It Can Happen to Anyone” involved a great deal of research and a number presentations at local schools.

Kling made a “Real World Safety” presentation to the Monticello Elementary School using the children’s book Little Red Riding Hood as an illustration. She also created fingerprint identification cards for each child and send-home information for parents.

For the classes at the Monticello Intermediate School, Kling presented “It’s Safer with Two, A Buddy and You”. She created a packet of coloring sheets, activity pages and scenarios to illustrate safety concepts.

For the Monticello middle and high schools, Kling presented “It Can Happen to You”. She created a video with various child abduction stories and explained her project to the middle and high school students, then introduced her invited speaker from the Morgan Nick Foundation to make a presentation as well.

The Moseley, Boone and Chisom team developed and implemented an in-depth service project called “Saving Lives Unit by Unit”, using the existing FCCLA LifeShare Blood Drive held in the fall and spring.

The team conducted extensive research on the need for blood in Drew County, Arkansas and the United States; why people do or do not donate blood; and the rules and procedures for donating blood. They also created a PowerPoint presentation on the importance of regularly donating blood and made presentations to four classes at Monticello High School.

FCCLA member Hannah Thaxton served as a volunteer student judge at the state conference. She served as a student judge for both the junior and senior chapter showcase portfolio competition.