Payson High teens came home with gold, silver and bronze from the recent Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Spring Conference.
They had a superior showing this year as they competed in categories of Job Interview, Illustrated Talk, Culinary Arts, plus a competition called Focus on Children, said Devon Wells, Payson High School educator.
"Congrats goes to all the teens, but a special recognition goes out to Jamie Wells, freshman, who will be representing the state of Arizona for her Focus On Children competition, for she is the national contender," Wells said.
Jamie gave a superior speech on her involvement in the nursery bible school she and her friends have put together in Tonto Basin for the Cowboy Church.
"I think Jamie not only spoke confidently about her project, but the uniqueness of the bible school she has helped run in Tonto Basin helped Jamie obtain her national contender position," says Wells, FACS Educator.
Jamie isn't the only student who shined at the conference; Gwen Davis and Nicole Scott also won gold medals.
Gwen gave a speech on abuse, while Nicole went through a mock job interview for an assistant position at a dialysis center similar to the new one here in Payson.
"We were proud of the Culinary Arts teams as well," said Devon Wells.
"There was only one gold medal given out by the chef/judges from Scottsdale Culinary Institute of the approximately 60 participants. Therefore the competition was tough."
Robert Foster came home with a silver medal in the Culinary Arts competition and Talia Schaal, Maddie Nossek, Curtis Olson, Kalie Anderson and Brett Goodwin came home with bronze medals.