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Three FCCLA Members Win Gold Medals at National Conference

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mariam reichert posing with Twister raincoat

Mariam Reichert poses with her Twister raincoat and panel presentation.

Three students earned gold medals, and three others also received honors, at the 2019 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America National Leadership Conference held June 30-July 4 in Anaheim, Calif.

Stevenson’s gold medal winners (with event in parenthesis) were:

  • Junior Esha Raut (Illustrated Talk) - researched and spoke on the importance of vaccination for children.
  • 2019 graduate Laura Thornburg (Nutrition and Wellness Occupational) - analyzed community members’ diet and wellness habits to create researched goals to improve overall health.
  • Senior Mariam Reichert (Recycle and Redesign) - designed and constructed a functional raincoat out of Twister game mats.

Three other SHS students earned high honors medals:

  • Juniors Taylor Irvin and Litzy Cruz (Advocacy) - developed a children’s book with a focus on social and emotional learning.
  • 2019 graduate Elizabeth Dungan (Early Childhood Occupational) - created multiple age-appropriate lessons for preschool-aged children.

More than 8,700 FCCLA members from across the country gathered for the conference. Stevenson’s FCCLA sponsors are Michelle Backes and Jamie Rieman.


Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a 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 200,000 members and more than 5,500 chapters from 49 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than 10 million youth since its founding in 1945.