BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (From Palm Beach County School District) — Members of the Olympic Heights High School FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) Club participated in the 2015 State FCCLA Competition, from March 6 to March 9 in Orlando. FCCLA is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for students in grades 6-12.
Olympic Heights students competed in a number of categories, including Color Photography, Black & White Photography, Advocacy, Career Investigation, Culinary Arts, Entrepreneurship, Fashion Construction, Fashion Design, Food Innovations, Hospitality, Tourism & Recreation, Leadership, Life Event Planning, and Teach & Train.
Students worked throughout the school year to research and develop a career project related to their topic, which included development of a proposition, planning and implementing the project, providing community service and developing a presentation. Projects were presented to a panel of judges at the state competition.
Of the 24 students competing from Olympic Heights, six earned the highest scores in their category. They will represent Florida at the National FCCLA Competition this summer in Washington, D.C.
Olympic Heights would like to recognize and congratulate the following students who received Gold Medal Awards at the 2015 FCCLA State Competition: Brandon Arnone, Lauren Brito, Annie Coen, Brianna Glick and Jeneva Ontaneda.
Winning silver medals at the state competition were: Shelby Black-Smith, Jenna Cammarano, Anielyse Daniel, Reema Hamade, Ashley Jean-Baptiste, Allison Kraus, Cristal Rivera, and Melanie Sosa.
Bronze medals were awarded to: Leah Brand, Celeste Elkin, Damian Gonzalez, Viviana Hernandez, Natalie Marsal, Aylin Morales, Maxx Padron, Kisha Saint-Louis, Brianna Sylfont, Natalia Velez, and Shaunta Wright.
Special recognition was given to Lauren Brito and Jeneva Ontaneda, who each received $1,000 scholarships from Johnson & Wales University for their Hospitality, Tourism & Recreation entry.
This outstanding winning FCCLA Team is sponsored by two very dedicated Olympic Heights teachers, Kelly Hampton and Chef Eric Schlossberg.