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Bethel Park Students Earn 10 Medals At FCCLA State Competition

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Bethel Park High School and Independence Middle School students earned 10 medals at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Competition, which was held in Seven Springs, including four Gold Medals, four Silver Medals and two Bronze Medals.

Bethel Park High School seniors Jess Morgan and Emily Kirik earned a Gold Medal, a spot on the PA National Team and a $16,000 scholarship to Sullivan University in Louisville, KY for their Food Innovations event project, “Protein Popcorn.”

Also earning Gold Medals and a spot on the PA National Team were Independence Middle School eighth grader Kelly Katilius in the Environmental Ambassador event for her project, “Shine A Little Light;” eighth grader Makayla Carter and seventh grader Shia Epperson-Butler for their project, “A French Café” in the Menu Planning event; and eighth graders Jessica Toogood, Tessa Wagner and Alyssa Vetere for “Pump’n Veggies Into Kids” in the Food Innovations event.

PA National Team members have the opportunity to compete at the FCCLA National Competition, which will be held in July in Nashville, TN.

Earning Silver Medals were Independence Middle School eighth graders Emily Momchilovich for her project, “Warm Blankets, Warm Smiles” in the Focus on Children event, and Brianna Hayes for “Toy Drive for Underprivileged Children” in the Illustrated Talk event.

Also earning Silver Medals were Independence Middle School seventh graders Alyjah Carter for “Tania’s Graduation Party” in the Life Event Planning event, and Katelyn Muench for “Little Dress to Little Bag” in the Recycle and Redesign Event.

Bronze Medals were earned by Independence Middle School eighth graders Lilly Miller for “Make-Up Madness” in the Career Investigation event, and Weeam Boumaza and Abby Phillips for “Poverty to Privileged” in the Advocacy event.

The Bethel Park High School students were prepared for this competition by Bethel Park High School Family and Consumer Science Teacher Jill Simpson. The Independence Middle School students were prepared by Independence Middle School Family and Consumer Science Teacher Heather Fontana.

Please click here to see some photos of this year's winners.