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FCCLA Brings Home Gold Medal

NATIONALS -- (back) George Castro, Logan Skelton, Jorge Palafox, Callie Harter, Betsy Martinez, (front) Scarlett Carrillo, Dayani Compean, Kaline Martinez, Jenny Dominguez, Marlene Diaz, and Ashley White.

BHS Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America was represented at the 2019 FCCLA National Conference in Anaheim, California by 11 members on June 30 - July 4th. Among the 8,700 participants, Texas boasted 670 members in attendance to compete.

State VP of Community Service and Region IV VP of Competitive Events Callie Harter and Betsy Martinez served on the National voters delegation helping to make decisions on the National level along with nominating and voting on National officers for 2019-2020. The group attended the opening session with featured speaker Kyle Scheele, and attended state meetings. Members were encouraged to network and trade state lapel pins with students from other regions and states.

Scarlett Carrillo, Betsy Martinez, Kaline Martinez, and Jorge Palafox battled it out for who could trade the most state pins with Scarlett winning with 31 different state pins.

With approximately 100 teams in each category Buffalo FCCLA did better than ok amongst the very best teams in the Nation. The Environmental Ambassador Team (Scarlett Carrillo, Palafox, and Kaline Martinez) won a gold medal for their project scoring 97.7 out of 100. Our Food Innovations Team (Dayani Compean, Marlene Diaz, & Jenny Dominguez) earned a silver medal just barely missing gold. The junior sports nutrition team (Logan Skelton, George Castro, and Ashley White) did an amazing job as a group of freshmen earning a bronze medal missing silver by 3 points.

Of course we couldn?t leave California without a half day visit to Universal Studios, a twilight Disneyland visit and a short bus tour of downtown LA. We also experienced a rolling earthquake on our last full day in Anaheim, which at our distance from the source felt like waves or sitting on jello. The quake was a 6.4 magnitude, the first of this magnitude since 1999. We wrapped up our California experience by viewing the Pacific Coast while leaving LAX, if you were lucky enough to have a window seat!

We appreciate everyone in our community that helped to make this trip possible, as well as the BISD administration and school board that allowed our kids to travel and compete. The professional skills that our students acquired will last them a lifetime.