Antioch student recognized for outstanding skills in national competition

  DSCN0469Brandi Coates, a recent graduate of Antioch High School's Academy of Teaching and Service, participated in a STAR Event (Students Taking Action with Recognition) this week at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) 2013 National Leadership Conference.

Coates received a gold medal in Nutrition and Wellness, one of 31 national STAR Events available to FCCLA students. Her medal was presented at a recognition session honoring all participants at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center on Thursday, July 11.  Thousands of members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the nation attended this meeting. Approximately 3,600 students advanced from the local, regional, and state level of STAR Events to the national meeting.

Coates was a participant in the Nutrition and Wellness competition. This competition is an individual event that recognizes participants who track food intake and physical activity for themselves, their family, or a community group and determines goals and strategies for improving their overall health. Competitors had to prepare a portfolio and an oral presentation. 

FCCLA’s STAR Events are based on the belief that every student is a winner. Competition, evaluation, and recognition all stress cooperation as the basis of success. Both youth and adults work together to manage the events and serve as evaluators of the participants.

Throughout the year, FCCLA members tackle issues such as teen violence prevention, traffic safety, family issues, career exploration, and much more. FCCLA programs and competitions enrich student learning, improve self-esteem, and serve students with a range of ability levels, economic situations, and cultural influences.