Howerton earns gold at state, advances to FCCLA nationals
Berryville High School sophomore Jacey Howerton is competing at FCCLA nationals for the second year in a row.
Howerton competed in the state level of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) STAR Events last week and won gold in the Job Interview division, qualifying for the National Leadership Conference this summer in Atlanta.
She said she had to go through a mock job interview, using the skills she has obtained through her family and consumer science (FACS) classes and explaining how they will help her in her future career.
“I chose to be a FACS teacher for my career, so it was easy to tie the skills into it,” Howerton said.
While the format of the mock interview was the same at the state competition, she said the pool of competitors was larger.
“There were more people in my group this time. I think about seven or eight,” she said.
To prepare for the state competition, Howerton said she changed some things based on the pointers the judges had given her at district.
“I changed my portfolio and prepared myself a little better by knowing the answers to the random questions,” she said.
She said it was exciting to earn gold in her division and qualify for nationals.
“It was exciting. I was really nervous at first because there were more people and it was a category I had never done,” Howerton said. “I’ve never been to Atlanta, so I’m excited to see what that’s all about.”
Howerton had competed at nationals in Nashville last year in the Chapter Service Project Display division with her “Pass the Bobcat Pride” project.
“I’m definitely excited for the conference itself,” she said, “because I really enjoyed all the breakout sessions we had last year and all of the different events that FCCLA provided.”
Howerton continued, “I’m also hoping my friends that I made last year at nationals also advance to nationals with me this year.”
She said she will be holding fundraisers, pending approval from the school board, to help with the costs of travel, hotels and conference registration fees.
“I’ll probably sell T-shirts again and suckers,” Howerton said. “I might also be selling beef jerky.”
If anyone is interested in donating, she said they can contact FCCLA adviser Leah Bunch at Berryville High School to make sure it’s earmarked for FCCLA.
Howerton said she feels prepared for the national competition, which will take place from June 28 to July 2.
“I got gold at state, so I’m not too worried about nationals,” she said. “I’m looking forward to it.”