WACO — Ten individuals representing Bangs Family, Career and Community Leaders of America at the Region 2 Conference traveled to Waco Thursday through Saturday.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) enables students to find themselves while developing the necessary skills needed to succeed in the real world. Beginning in 1945 as the Future Homemakers of America (FHA), this very unique organization was, and still is today, the only student led organization with family as its main focus. This allows students to bond with each other and build long lasting friendships with people. Members are encouraged to work together and accomplish goals that are challenging.  

FCCLA trains leaders across the state of Texas to build strong communities that focus on families and careers. The meeting featured a series of specialized leadership tracks and general sessions that helped members discover ways to become actively involved in issues facing today’s youth.

STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) and Proficiency Events included competitive events. These events allowed members to showcase their life skills in different areas of competition. A new officer team was elected for 2020-2021, with terms beginning at the Dallas State Meeting this April.

FCCLA is a dynamic youth organization that has the family as its central focus. This year’s theme is “Texas FCCLA: Our Legacy, Your Future”

STAR event results for Bangs included:

• Food Innovations 3 - Marina Nichols - 2nd Place

• Hospitality 3 - Hudson Tomastik, Elaina Martinez - 3rd Place

• Teach/Train 3 - Abigail Poling - 5th Place

• Repurpose/Redesign 3 - Jordan Castleberry - participant

Landin Langley, Kayleah Hall, and Jennifer Walzel judged events, while Advisors - Angie Miller and Rachel Hall facilitated Events. 

The top five placements of each STAR and Proficiency Events will be advancing to State, April 1-4, in Dallas.