Mason Ward (L) and Jacob Lambert (R) from Gordonsville High School competed and placed 11th in the National STAR Event Competition at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference.

Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)’s National Leadership Conference was held June 30 – July 4, 2019, in Anaheim, California. More than 8,700 participants from across the country gathered together to attend leadership and program trainings, hear national speakers, meet youth leaders from across the nation, participate in Competitive Events, and explore college and career options.

Over 4,700 FCCLA members competed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events at the conference. STAR Events are competitive events in which members are recognized for their proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. 

In order to advance to the national level in a STAR Event, members first compete at the district and state level. Jacob Lambert and Mason Ward competed in Chapter Service Project, Display, and received a gold medal in the event. Their project was to increase awareness of the correlation between the opioid crisis and number of children entering state custody or relative placements.  

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has over 175,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. 

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members, and it’s the only career and technical in-school student organization with a central focus on careers that support families. Participation in national FCCLA programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.

For more information on FCCLA, please contact Beth Jenkins, Advisor at Gordonsville High School, 615-683-8245 or