Purdy FCCLA trio win medals in STAR contests

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Purdy FCCLA members, from left, Jomelin Alvarez, Katrina Lee and Makayla Mazza show off medals they won in the District STAR Events competition. Contributed photo

To advance to state competition

After a six year absence, members of the Purdy High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) returned to the District STAR (Students Taking Action With Recognition) competition on Jan. 30 and won medals for their efforts.

Makayla Mazza won a gold medal in her division in the Focus on Children event. She will represent Purdy at the State STAR Events competition in March.

For her project, Mazza identified a concern with the safety of children in car seats: the placement, size qualifications, and overall education of parents on car seat safety. She partnered with Cox Health Systems and the Purdy Fire Department to hold an event where parents could have their car seats checked by car seat technicians from Cox Monett Hospital. This event was held on Nov. 22 at the Purdy Fire Department. In checking 13 car seats, 12 were found installed incorrectly, and two were gauged inaccurately for the size of child. Cox Monett gave complimentary car seats to these two families.

Jomelin Alvarez and Katrina Lee competed in the National Programs, Families First category. The pair earned silver medals. Alvarez and Lee chose the "Dine-In" project, sponsored by American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). They sent fliers home with elementary students, encouraging students to participate in a meal on Tuesday, Dec. 3 for the National "Dine-In"" day. They encouraged participants to bring photos of the family sharing a meal.

The Purdy FCCLA chapter was nationally recognized by AAFCS for committing to participate. The chapter received a cookbook: "Eat, Laugh,Talk: The Family Dinner Playbook."

Amy Harkey serves as advisor for the Purdy FCCLA chapter.