Howell High School Students to Represent Michigan at National Conference

Howell High School Students to Represent Michigan at National Conference
Posted on 04/07/2016
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Three Howell High School students have earned the honor of representing Michigan at a national conference this summer. Jodi Kilpela, Abbey Olszewski and Mary Pennala will travel to San Diego in July to represent Michigan at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference. The students earned this honor by receiving the highest score and gold medal in the Focus on Children category in the Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) competitive events at the FCCLA Michigan Leadership Conference. The Focus on Children category recognizes participants who use family and consumer science skills to plan and conduct a child development project that has a positive impact on children and the community.

For their project Kilpela, Olszewski and Pennala provided assistance maintaining a Little Free Library at the Livingston Educational Service Agency (LESA) and installed and are maintaining a Little Free Library at the Howell High School Freshman Campus. The project was designed to help increase literacy rates in local schools by increasing the community’s access to reading materials. “It was Governor Snyder’s initiative to increase literacy rates, so we wanted to do something to help. LESA informed us that they were donated a Little Library from Hartland High School, so we partnered with them to check up on their library. That gave us the idea to start up our own,” said Kilpela.

In addition to Kilpela, Olszewski and Pennala seven other Howell High School students attended the FCCLA Michigan Leadership Conference and competed in the STAR events. Hanna Giroux earned a gold medal in the Creative Teaching category and Rebecca Herrmann earned a bronze medal in the Scrapbook category. In the Chapter Service Project Display category Jacob Swift and Terrence Chandler earned a sliver medal for their Make-a-Wish Letter Writing Campaign and Brandon Czarnowski, Bailey Barnes and Poet Hamilton earned a silver medal for their “Senior Citizen Prom.” 

In addition to competing in the STAR Events students also attended several workshops at the FCCLA State Leadership Conference.

About Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences education in public and private school through grade 12. Everyone is part of a family, and FCCLA is the only national Career and Technical Student Organization with the family as its central focus. Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making a difference in their families, careers, and communities by addressing important personal, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education.

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