Hannibal High School students shine in national FCCLA convention

More than 7,500 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country gathered in Atlanta, GA, for the 2018 National Leadership Conference, June 28 through July 2. The conference proved successful for Hannibal students, who walked away with several awards, including a first place award nationally.

The meeting provided Hannibal FCCLA members with the opportunity to attend leadership and program training, hear national speakers, meet the National Executive Council, explore colleges and careers, and be Inspired with FCCLA.  Madison Thomure, Tanner Price, Jessica Stinson, Ruby Roisum and Deserea Cullom from Hannibal High School were among the members and took part in STAR Event competitions at the conference. The Hannibal FCCLA students were accompanied by their adviser, Linda Stinson.

FCCLA’s STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) is a competitive event in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. These events represent college and career readiness skills taught in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) classrooms. Advisor, Linda Stinson, feels “Having students do well in the Food Innovations and Hospitality Tourism categories at nationals give me confidence that we are providing our students with skills they will use throughout their life.”  

Jessica Stinson and Ruby Roisum won first place in the nation with their Food Innovations category project. Stinson and Roisum created ‘Sugoi Ramen’ which is a 100 percent vegan egg and ramen for their project. Food Innovations recognizes participants who demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts of food product development by creating an original prototype formula, testing the product through focus groups, and developing a marketing strategy. Participants demonstrate their knowledge of food science, nutrition, food preparation safety, and product marketing andmust prepare a display, suggested product packaging, and an oral presentation.

As first place winners in this division Stinson and Roisum earned a full tuition and fees scholarship each from Sullivan University and a $1,000 from Life University of Marietta, Ga. Stinson and Roisum will be entering their senior year this fall.

Madison Thomure and Tanner Price, both 2018 graduates, earned a silver medal, in Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation. In this event participants demonstrate their knowledge of the hospitality, tourism, and recreation industries and ability to translate their knowledge into a hypothetical or real business. Students develop basic business plan and client services information, and create a website that highlights the business. Participants demonstrate their customer service knowledge and ability to problem solve through an onsite case study. Thomure and Price created a ‘Mac Shac,’ a macaroni and cheese based restaurant concept.

Deserea Cullom, a 2018 graduate, earned a gold medal, in the Food Innovations, occupational category. Cullom’s project was based on a Greek inspired rosemary chicken entree. The occupational category is for students currently enrolled in a ProStart (culinary arts) program.

Hannibal FCCLA was recognized as the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America 2017-2018 Missouri State-Level FACTS Award Winner. Ford Driving Skills for Life and FCCLA recognize the chapters efforts with a certificate and State-Level FACTS Award of $500. Traffic-safety professionals from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) for evaluated participating application.