By: Rachel Fisher
Recently, five Queen Creek High School (QCHS) students competed at the Family Community Career Leaders of America (FCCLA) state conference.
Bryan Incardone (12th grade) and Evan Stewart (10th grade) were a two-man team in the Culinary Arts event. Both received Silver Medals in this event, with Incardone receiving a Gold Rating in Chicken Fabrication and Stewart receiving a Silver Rating.
Briar Bodemann and Andrea Chacon, both sophomores, received a Silver Medal for their ‘Chapter in Review’ portfolio and a Gold Medal in Life Event Planning. Rounding out the group of winners is Willow McNeal (11th grade) who received a Gold Medal in Recycle and Redesign. McNeal has also qualified to compete in the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California in June, said QCHS FCCLA advisor and teacher, Kimberly Rutherford. All five students who attended the conference are first-year members.
What is next for these students? Incardone is graduating this May and is waiting to hear where he will be going on his LDS mission trip, and McNeal was elected as the First Vice President for the Arizona State FCCLA Executive Council. She will represent Queen Creek High School as a state leader in the upcoming school year as she travels around the state and country to promote FCCLA. For Stewart, Bodemann, and Chacon, the advisors have encouraged the trio to take on leadership roles in the QCHS Chapter and apply for officer positions.
The FCCLA, or the Family, Community and Career Leaders of America, is a student organization for students enrolled in a Family and Consumer Science class. The courses at Queen Creek High School that are affiliated with FCCLA are Early Childhood Education, Fashion, and Culinary, said Rutherford. For the 2018-2019 school year, there are 18 members, and three advisors: Kimberly Rutherford, who teaches Early Childhood Education; Kaitlyn Williams, who teaches Fashion and Culinary; and Lewis Brown II, who teaches Culinary. According to Rutherford, she and the other advisors, who are also in their first year, “are extremely proud of the hard work the students have put in this year and the accomplishments they have achieved.”