It was a good day to be a Ram in Greensboro.
The nine students who attended the FCCLA state competition over the last three days have all earned the right to attend the national contest in Nashville, Tennessee.
Students competed in six different categories, and all finished in either first or second place. Four individuals, one group of two and one group of three students were recognized.
“As a whole we are really excited that we get to go to Nationals. Ms. Seager and all of us put a lot of hard work and time into this,” sophomore Madi Beddingfield said.
Students will now have the opportunity to compete in July at the highest level of competition.
“So proud of our Rams. We will be kicking up our boots in July, heading to nationals to represent our state and our school. These girls have worked so hard for this moment, and I couldn’t be prouder,” adviser Jessica Seager said.
FCCLA stands for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and is a student organization that has family as the central focus. At Roberson, the club is lead by Seager who teaches many of the classes that are included in the FCCLA span. To be in the club, the students have to take at least one of the classes within the span.
Seniors Rachel Nelson and Elaine Guzman and sophomores Lili Diaz and Madi Beddingfield all competed as individuals and each placed first in their categories. Sophomores Alexia Stepp and Rachel Sorrells worked as a team and placed second. And the team made up of junior Diana Ilinykh and sophomores Emma Hodes and Marissa Eudy also placed second in their field.
In recent years, Roberson has only competed twice in the competition. Last year, only two students from Roberson, sophomores Madison Bode and Alexia Stepp, went to the national event.
To compete at the state contest, students completed projects in the pre-existing categories that FCCLA sets. Some events are only for individuals, but other categories can have up to three people competing as a team. Most of the categories are project-based and fall in the span of the FCCLA classes.
For sophomore Lilli Dia’s project, she made a play kitchen from an old T.V. stand intended for children to be able to use.
“The experience of getting to make the project was so much fun, but it was also really stressful getting everything done in time. Since I joined FCCLA, I’ve gotten so much better with my time management skills. It’s really rewarding to see everyone’s hard work pay off,” Diaz said.
*Reporter Madi Beddingfield and the GF Media Staff also collaborated on this story.