HUNTERDON Polytech’s FCCLA Chapter Prepares for State Leadership Conference

The Hunterdon County Polytech chapter of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is preparing to compete in the State Leadership Conference on March 22nd and 23rd in Cherry Hill.

The yearly event provides FCCLA members throughout New Jersey the opportunity to attend informative workshops, participate in service projects, and participate in competitive events. This year, Polytech will be represented at the conference by eight students: Bri Schonheiter, Sarah D’Amore, Lily Battell, Kara Kitchen, Elizabeth Kullman, Rebecca Hawkins, Hannah Koontz, and State Officer Adriana Pasquale, who currently serves as VP of Public Relations.

“We are looking forward to applying the skills we’ve learned in class during the competitions, and thankful to be able to spend two days with great individuals throughout New Jersey. This conference is an opportunity to grow personally and professionally, and we are excited to take advantage of everything the event has to offer,” said Adriana.

The eight students will be participating in four different competitive events: Teach & Train, Focus on Children Group, Chapter Review, and Early Childhood Education. Students who win 1st place gold are eligible for the National Leadership Conference (NLC), which will take place in July in California.

“Our students are always well prepared to compete in these events, and I’m confident this year’s group will enjoy success at the state competition,” said Mrs. Guarino, instructor of Polytech’s early childhood education and teacher academy programs.

Last year, Polytech sent 13 students to the NLC, which was held in Washington, D.C. The students returned from the competition having earned gold and silver medals. This year’s group of students consists of one junior, six seniors, and one post-grad. The eight students are split evenly, with four in the Teacher Academy program and four in the Early Childhood Education program. The students enrolled in Teacher Academy will be looking to pursue degrees in education, while the Early Childhood Education students will be pursuing a Child Development Associate Credential, which is a nationally recognized credential in the field of Early Childhood Education.

To learn more about the early childhood education and teacher academy programs offered by Polytech, visit out website at www.hcpolytech.org. Applications are being accepted for the 2016-17 school year.