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Four Lake Stevens High School students earned national FCCLA honors

While this year's Family, Career and Community Leaders (FCCLA) National Fall Conference was online, it didn't stop four of our Lake Stevens High School (LSHS) students from earning national honors.

Overall, 16 LSHS FCCLA students participated in these demonstrations in early November.

Skills Demonstrations provide opportunities for members to demonstrate college- and career-ready skills in Family and Consumer Sciences and related occupations.

More than 700 participants from across the nation virtually participated in the conference to hear from keynote speakers, engage in leadership workshops, participate in a community service project, and explore the four career pathways of Human Services, Hospitality and Tourism, Education and Training, and Visual Arts and Design.

The following four students earned national honors for their performance in the Skills Demonstrations:

Molly Rose Bates, 10th-grade

Molly Rose Bates

Molly Rose Bates earned first place in the nation in the Education and Training Skills Demonstration. The Education and Training demonstration involves planning, managing and providing education and training services and learning support services. This was Bates’ second time competing in a FCCLA Skills Demonstration. Last year, while at Cavelero Mid High School, she earned third place in this category.

This is Bates' third year in FCCLA. She's the FCCLA Washington State Vice President of Region 5. In that role she supports and implements programs throughout Region 5. She manages the region's Instagram account—@wafccla_region5, and provides leadership and support to the state’s at-large officers. This year she has focused on highlighting Region 5 members, and sharing positive stories and messages.

FCCLA has become a safe place for Bates, full of friendship and opportunities for competition and travel. In addition to FCCLA, Bates is involved in Girl Scouts and she volunteers at the Snohomish Food Bank. After high school and college, she aspires to be an adoption and child custody attorney to advocate for children and families.

Cianna Cox, 12th-grade

Cianna Cox

Cianna Cox earned second place in the nation in the Science and Family Consumer Science (FCS) Challenge Skills Demonstration. The Science in FCS Challenge allows participants to complete challenges related to FCS subject matter, including science and technology concepts related to food, health and textile sciences. Cox also won a $35,000 scholarship to Sullivan University in Kentucky.

Cox is new to FCCLA this year, and this was her first time competing. She joined FCCLA because she has a passion for cooking and learning new things. In addition to FCCLA, Cox is part of the culinary program at Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center. She hopes to own her own bakery someday, and has already been accepted into the Culinary Institute of America.

Nevaeh Boon, 10th-grade

Nevaeh Boon

Nevaeh Boon earned second place in the nation in the Fashion Construction and Design Skills Demonstration, which allows participants to demonstrate their knowledge of fashion construction and design subject matter, including vocabulary, elements and principles of design, and textile knowledge.

This is Boon’s first year as a member of FCCLA. The Skills Demonstration caused them a bit of anxiety at first, but they had fun showing how much they knew. Boon’s counselor encouraged them to join FCCLA because of their love of fashion design.

Boon has been incredibly welcomed into the FCCLA club at Lake Stevens High School. They are also an active participant in the high school’s Gender Sexuality Alliance Club. While they aren’t sure what the future holds after high school, they have a great deal of interests and hobbies to tap into and explore.

Taima Prasad, 10th-grade

Taima Prasad

Taima Prasad earned second place in the nation in the Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation Challenge, which allows participants to complete questions related to Family and Consumer Sciences subject matter, including hospitality, tourism and recreation content.

This was Prasad's first time competing, and her first year of FCCLA membership. As part of the challenge, she answered questions regarding how she would handle financial and business situations, what certain procedures are, and how she’d treat others in specific business situations. Prasad joined FCCLA to expand her leadership skills, to prepare for a future career, and to strengthen her interpersonal communications, critical thinking, and creativity.

Prasad loves children, and has experience tutoring, counseling and babysitting, and wants to continue being a positive role model by pursuing a career in child psychology. In addition to FCCLA, she’s a former member of the National Junior Honor Society.

“I absolutely love FCCLA’s approach to give to those in need, connect friends, and meet new people in life who will help your journey towards becoming something great in the future,” said Prasad.

Lake Stevens High School FCCLA National Conference Skills Demonstration participants

  • Evan Aldag
  • Harini Arumugam Gandhimathi
  • Molly Rose Bates
  • Ethan Bachtel
  • Abbie Bishop
  • Nevaeh Boon
  • Arianna Burbach
  • Cianna Cox
  • Maddy Duffy
  • Sam Fisher
  • Adriana Kime
  • Ashlyn Mackey
  • Taima Prasad
  • Piper Tregoning
  • Amelia Vasquez
  • Saho Yamashita

Participating in the national conference and in competitive events such as Skills Demonstrations equip students with the tools, knowledge, and opportunities needed to be college- and career-ready. Members utilize the skills learned and experiences gained through FCCLA to improve families, careers, and communities across America. To learn more, visit fcclainc.org.