Local students recognized in national competition


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Chad Wheeler of Menlo recently participated in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s 2013 National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

Wheeler, who was a senior this year at Willapa Valley High School and is the grandson of James and JoDean Wheeler, received a gold medal in Focus On Children, one of 31 national STAR Events available to FCCLA students. His medal was presented at a recognition session honoring all participants at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center on 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.

Chahayla Barton, a junior at Willapa Valley, represented the state’s FCCLA as the 2013-2014 Director of Recognition. Barton attended several sessions of Leadership Academy with other state officers in addition to the other activities at Nashville.

The FCCLA 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 more than 200,000 members and 6,500 chapters from 50 state associations, as well as those in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than 10 million youth since its founding in 1945.

Wheeler and Barton still have apple, quad, cherry and blue berry pies that they are selling to cover the costs of the meeting. Call (360) 208-3313 if you would like to make a donation or buy a pie to help support them.