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FCCLA State Leadership Conference in Athens, GA


Over 1,700 middle and high school students in Family and Consumer Sciences attended the Georgia FCCLA State Leadership Conference on March 16-18, 2017 at The Classic Center in Athens.  Students “Explored Unlimited Possibilities” by attending general sessions with a keynote address given by Kevin Laue.  He inspired the students to “overcome adversity and achieve success through determination.”  His message to leave a mark on your school and always help and support other will help to see the change in our lives.  Many of the attendees also competed in a variety of competitive events ranging from the areas of Foods and Nutrition, Interior Design, Early Childhood, and etc. 


Tift County High School FCCLA had lots of success during their attendance at the State Leadership Conference. Two of the three students participated in the STAR Events Competition.  TJ Acree competed in Career Investigation and Cynthia Vargas competed in Teach and Train.  Both students successfully came home with Silver Medals.  Sheila Santos assisted with the competition as a runner for the area of Job Interview.  TJ also represented TCHS as the Voting Delegate for state officer candidates and bylaw changes. 


TJ mentioned, “During this conference, we were able to connect with friends from the state organization for an amazing time.  In all this was a wonderful experience and as our state president said “a tremendous conclusion to our epilogue.”    


“These students were introduced to things they may never have had the chance to experience without FCCLA.  They all learned something new by participating in the activities that were presented to them,” said Linsey Shockley, FCCLA Adviser. “I’m very happy and excited about all of the hard work and participation the students put towards attending state meeting.”


For more information on Georgia FCCLA, visit www.gafccla.com.

ECE Class Reads to PreK


On Tuesday, February 28, Mrs. Linsey Shockley’s Early Childhood Education II class visited the Tift County PreK Center to read to the students.  This was in conjunction with Read Across America week. 


Prior to their visit the students were presented with a lesson on how to properly read aloud to a group of children and the importance of reading.  The students then worked with a partner or by themselves to create “props” to go along with a book of their choice as well as three questions to ask the PreK students.  The props and questions were used to allow the PreK students to interact during the reading.    The high school students practiced prior to the visit so they would be properly prepared for their presentation. 


The high school students became very involved and excited about this opportunity.  Some brought their own props too to go along with the book such as cookies for “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” or a live bunny for “Clean Up Grumpy Bunny.” 


Salmalbria Cowart said, “I got joy from reading to the children.  They really liked the book and my bunny, Brownie.  I wish I could do this more often.” 

Future Georgia Educators (FGE) Day

at GA Southwestern State University


On February 8, 2016 seven Early Childhood and Teaching as a Profession student attended the Future Georgia Educator (FGE) Day hosted by PAGE at Georgia Southwestern State University.  Those in attendance included, Alexis Baisden, Aysia Carter, Destini Williams, Iyana Horton, Shaondra Scott, Ulyssa Soto, and Miriam Ramirez.  Upon arrival, the Opening Assembly began with the Keynote Speaker, Eric Crouch, the 2016 Milken Award Winner.  He expressed to the audience, his teaching method of asking his students to “Make Mr. Crouch proud of you.”  With this idea, the students at Double Churches Elementary in Columbus have increased their scores during Mr. Crouch’s five year tenure at the school.  The students then had an Admissions Presentation for GA Southwestern and following witnessed a FGE Knowledge Bowl Competition.  After lunch the students attended two workshop sessions and a college fair.  The sessions included topics of how to incorporate math into an K-5 classroom and what college life was really about.  The college fair allowed the students to learn about the variety of colleges that offer an education program.  Iyana Horton said she “really enjoyed the day and thought it was very informative and helped to prepare them for college and what to expect as a teacher.”  Alexis Baisden mentioned she was “ready to attend another one to explore more about becoming a teacher and her future college life.”  The next FGE Day we have planned is in April at ABAC. 

FCCLA Day at the Capitol


Two Tift County High Juniors, Aysia Carter and Alexis Baisden, attended FCCLA Day at the Capitol on February 14th in Atlanta.  Over 2,500 members visited the Georgia State Capitol during FCCLA Week. 


The FCCLA Day at the Capitol is designed to stress the importance of being a young leader in their families, careers and communities. The purpose was to meet with Georgia representatives and senators about Career, Technical and Agricultural Education, Family and Consumer Sciences and FCCLA.  These two young ladies had the chance to meet Senator Tyler Harper and Representative Clay Pirkle.  During their “meet and greet,” the students educated the gentleman about what FACS and FCCLA has done for them while the legislators explained to the students how legislation was run at the capitol building.  They even got an up close and personal experience of the “floor” as Representative Pirkle took them to his “desk” and explained to them about everything that was found in there. 


Students also had the opportunity to tour the capitol and learn about Georgia history using the FCCLA Scavenger Hunt.  During their tour, the students even got the chance to meet a World War II Veteran that was celebrating his 100th birthday at the Georgia State Capitol. 


The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are ready for their next adventure with FCCLA. 

FCCLA competed in our Region STAR Events Competition this past Saturday.  Tift County had two students that competed.  Both will be advancing to State Competition in March.  
Cynthia Vargas - Teach & Train 
TJ Acree - Career Investigation (he investigated the career of a teacher)  

Tift County High FCCLA Assists the Salvation Army

by Ringing the Bell


            Throughout the month of November and December, FCCLA members are given the opportunity to “ring the bell” for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.  The members are given freedom to choose the time(s) and date(s) they would like to assist.  The local Hobby Lobby is the location FCCLA has been working at.  The Red Kettle Campaign helps to provide food, toys, and clothing to families during the Christmas season and helps American recover from personal disasters.  So far, nine FCCLA members have volunteered to “ring the bell” at various times/dates.  Iyana Horton, FCCLA member, said, “I felt like we did a good thing by ringing the bell and raising the money.  It filled my heart with joy to see all of the good we were doing.” 

Tift County High FCCLA Volunteers at Glow Run 5K


            On November 18, 2016, several Tift County High FCCLA members was given the opportunity to volunteer at the annual Glow Run 5K hosted by the Tifton Jr. Women's Club.  The members who attended assisted in many ways.  Those included helping at registration, cheering on the participants during the run, providing water to the runners, and clean up.  The students thoroughly enjoyed this chance to volunteer and can't wait for next year.  This is an annual event that FCCLA always participates in.  A majority of the proceeds are used to fund a scholarship that is given to a graduating senior either at Tift County High, Tiftarea, or the Home School Association.       

FCCLA Attends National Cluster Meeting in Orlando, Florida


            On November 17-19th, TCHS Juniors, Casey Shirah and Shelby Jones, attended the FCCLA National Cluster Meeting in Orlando, Florida.  Over 1,600 advisers, students, and guests were in attendance and had the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops and an exhibitor/college expo.  The Cluster Meetings are a great way to show members what FCCLA is all about on the national level. 


Casey and Shelby had a special opportunity to participate in The FCCLA Leadership Academy.  The academy included five classes involving the topics: the leader in me, leadership essentials, and becoming a leader.  Upon completion, the attendees were awarded with a Leadership Academy Lapel Pin. 


Prior to the conference, Casey and Shelby were also able to explore two of Orlando’s “known” locations: Disney Springs and Universal Studios’ City Walk.   


Casey said, “The entire conference and trip is an experience I’ll never forget.”  “It was a great time full of great memories,” mentioned Shelby.  Advisers, Linsey Shockley and Amy Grist, are excited the students had a wonderful time and are ready for the next FCCLA conference next semester. 

Future Georgia Educators (FGE) Day

at Middle GA State University


On November 2, 2016, eight Teaching as a Profession students attended the Future Georgia Educators (FGE) Day at Middle Georgia State University accompanied by Ms. Linsey Shockley and Ms. Amy Grist.  Those in attendance included, Quay Miller, Jada Sears, Laketric Reddick, Jaliyah Hunt, Ulyssa Soto, Lupita Quezada, Brooke Snow, Jaliyah Hunt, Jada Sears, and Shelby Stuckey.  As soon as they arrived, the Opening Assembly began with the Keynote Speaker, Casey Bethel, 2017 GA Teacher of the Year.  He inspired all in attendance to become “alive” in the classroom.  He expressed to the audience that he “never felt so alive” once he became a high school teacher.  He was very energetic and encouraged the audience to become the best teachers they can be.  The students attended two sessions that provided fun activities that could be used in their future classrooms as well as classroom strategies.  Those activities included science, literature, critical thinking, and etc.  They also attended a college fair that highlighted colleges they were interested in.  Those included, Valdosta State, Albany State, LaGrange, Middle Georgia and many others.  All students in attendance had a great time and are glad they participated.  Quay Miller said, “She had lots of fun participating in all of the activities, enjoyed the GA Teacher of the Year speaker, and ready for the next FGE Day.”  “I can’t wait for the day that I get to change lives and see smiles on my student’s faces.  This will bring great joy to me.  Choosing to become a teacher is a choice as I hope to change lives daily.  This will be the biggest blessing of all” said Jada Sears.  The next FGE Day is planned at Valdosta State University on November 15, 2016.  Ms. Grist and Ms. Shockley hope that students continue to gain inspiration for their future teaching careers.     

FCCLA Attends Fall Leadership Rally

Tift County High FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) recently participated in a motivational rally held on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Georgia.  Over 4,700 students and advisers from schools across Georgia participated in the leadership rally session and competed in events.  Along with the advisers and members from across the state, Tift County’s FCCLA Advisers, Linsey Shockley and Amy Grist, along with CTI Adviser, Dr. Tonja Tift, accompanied 20 members to the meeting.  

The FCCLA competitions began on Tuesday, October 11 with students competing in the Annual Chili Cook-Off.  The next day, students attended the 2016 FCCLA Fall Leadership Rally in Reaves Arena.  The keynote speaker, Jaycob Curlee, from America’s Got Talent motivated the audience on the topics of faith, family, and dreams while also providing some entertainment.  Following the rally, the students were given the opportunity to explore the fair grounds including riding fair rides.  

FCCLA competitions also occurred at this time.  Those competitions included the Peanut Recipe Contest, the Culinary Competition, and the FCCLA Knowledge Bowl Competition.  Chloe Hoover, Jake Moore, Rachel Glarner, and Karina Delgado, represented FCCLA in the Knowledge Bowl Competition and placing in the Top 8 out of the state!  Overall, the students had a great time at the FCCLA Fall Leadership Rally and am ready for next year!    

Breast Cancer Brunch at the Masonic Lodge

On October 1st, the following FCCLA members, TJ Acree, Aysia Carter, Iyana Horton, Aunya Brooks, and Elizabeth Yawn attended the Breast Cancer Awareness event held at the Masonic Lodge. Each student greeted the arriving guests, along with handing out small gifts. They also had the task of taking pictures and giving out props for the picture booth to all the attendees. Following this, the students were invited to join them for breakfast. During breakfast, the host began calling out numbers for the chance to win a door prize. Each FCCLA member helped to pass out the prizes to the winners. Towards the end of the event, the Survivors and guests thanked each student for getting up early on a Saturday morning of their Homecoming to come and help out with the event.  All of the FCCLA members thoroughly enjoyed themselves and is ready to help again next year.

TCHS Attends FCCLA Fall Leadership Conference

Covington, GA – Three TCHS Seniors, TJ Acree, Leonela Hernandez, and Cynthia Vargas-Avila, attended the FCCLA Fall Leadership Conference on September 15-16, 2016 at the FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington, Georgia.  Over 1,200 students and advisers from 200 schools across Georgia participated in leadership workshops, planned for future chapter activities, and participated in competitions.  Students were motivated by the conference theme “2016 Boot Camp.”  

The students also had the chance to compete in several events including: T-shirt design, State Lapel Pin Design, Membership Recruitment, and Statesmen Award.  TJ Acree participated in the T-shirt Design competition while Cynthia Vargas-Avila participated in the State Lapel Pin Design competition.  At the conclusion of the day the awards ceremony  was held to recognize all of the accomplishments of the competition winners.  TCHS won 3rd place 3rd for the Membership Recruitment Display while Cynthia Vargas became an FCCLA Statesmen Award winner and earned a lapel for her accomplishments.  

All three members had a very exciting time during their stay.  They met new people from different counties along with learning new skills. A lot of information was gained while attending the chapter meetings. Their last Fall Leadership Conference will sure be a memory they will never forget!

Tift County High FCCLA Attends DISCOVER Training

Developing Individual School Chapters with Vision, Energy and Responsibilities (DISCOVER) Training was hosted by the Georgia Association of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Camp John Hope in Fort Valley, Georgia.  

Over 400 members from over 50 chapters from across the state attended this day of unique opportunities that informed and motivated chapter officers and their advisers to explore opportunities available through FCCLA.  They examined new ways to help them succeed in their families, careers, and communities.  The weekend meeting was intended to increase students’ knowledge of what it means to lead their local chapter and ways to take this back to their own community.

Attendees participated in various sessions that included ideas and tips to take back to their local chapter regarding membership, community service, national programs and competitive events.  

Three of TCHS FCCLA members attended this event and each had a very great experience. One member, Cynthia Vargas, said, “Discover Training was an absolute success! It helped me gather information about how to be able to communicate with other members in my chapter.” Both members Gabby Roberts and TJ Acree agreed that the Chapter Meeting workshop was the best one because it gave them tips on how to have an effective meeting for the school’s chapter. It also gave each member the opportunity to meet people from different counties.

For more information on Georgia FCCLA, visit www.gafccla.com.

Tift High FCCLA Attends Summer Leadership Camp

What makes summer time so great? For starters, a week spent in Covington, GA at the FFA-FCCLA camp. This week long event taken part by high school chapters from all over Georgia was the highlight of many student’s summer and year. 2016’s Summer Leadership Conference held the theme of “Represent” and Tift County took three students from their FCCLA chapter to participate: Chloe Hoover, Bailey Gebhart, and Rachel Glarner. During this fun filled week, the girls learned what it truly meant to represent ideals such as their school, their FCCLA chapter, the organization as a whole, what they stand for, and good character. There was daily bonding, and trust exercises as well as time spent opening their minds to new ideas. But camp wasn’t all work and no play. While each member who participated in camp did learn something new each day about team work, leadership skills, and character there was always time for fun. Olympic themed team games and activities brought cabins together as well as free time and meals. A personal favorite of all was the Udder Mud Run-a fun, dirty, 5K that never fails to be enjoyable.

Tift had the privilege of sharing a cabin with Cook and Ben Hill County. The girls from cabin John Meade quickly bonded and by the end of the week became the best of friends. Tift County FCCLA camp attendees still stay in contact with their friends from camp. What more could someone ask to take away from such a life altering experience than friends who will last forever? Needless to say, SLC surely left its mark on this past year’s representatives. While Tift FCCLA did have a great time participating in the Olympic Games and meeting new people, the impact on the members who went was remarkable. These girls never thought they could love FCCLA anymore than what they already did but boy were they wrong. After camp ended, Chloe, Bailey, and Rachel became officers for their chapter and are participating in more of their club’s activities than ever.

SLC is just one of many opportunities FCCLA has to offer. While these girls had the time of their lives “representing” at camp this past summer, they couldn’t have done it without their chapter leader, Linsey Shockley. We bid a thank you for the opportunity to find our place in the school and we bid a thank you to FCCLA, camp, and unforgettable memories. SLC 2017…see you there!