Brittany Staub, a sophomore at Payson High School, won a bronze medal at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference on July 11.
Staub competed against 3,600 Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) from around the United States. She received her medal for her oral presentation in Illustrated Talk, one of 31 national STAR events.
Staub paired with Marena McKeen at the state level, but presented at the national level by herself.
The speech focused on ways to help dysfunctional families, which stemmed from their Life Connections (FACTS) class on parenting. The girls created props, using blocks as building blocks of a family — which they knocked over to illustrate family struggles to cope with job loss, alcoholism, divorce and other traumas.
Then they built a pyramid with the blocks to illustrate the value of core values in helping a family through difficult times.
Staub said the national competition was challenging. “I had more judges evaluating my speech, plus I was judged in a ballroom-style facility instead of a private setting.”
Throughout the year, FCCLA members tackle issues such as family, career choices, money management 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. Competition, evaluation and recognition all stress cooperation as the basis of success.