Members competed in events that centered around the acronym STAR, Students Taking Action with Recognition. Members planned and carried out events in their local schools and communities and presented those projects to judges at Missouri Southern State College in Joplin.
In middle school competition, Brenna Pendergraft received a gold medal in National Programs in Action for her project, "Hey, Ugly," which focused on stopping school violence and bullying.
Megan Sloan and Laura Stringer received a silver medal for their interpersonal communication project, titled "Stories Being Retold," which focused on visiting senior citizens and recording their stories.
Coleman Hoppes received a silver medal in Focus on Children for his project on childhood obesity.
In high school competition, Skylar Lowe and Trevor McClintock received a gold medal in applied technology in which they created a video to raise awareness on the issue of hunger in their community.
Brianna Wiertsema, Taylor Wolf and Drake Thomas received a gold medal for food innovations for their project, Pop 'n Crunch, a gluten free dessert that appeals to teenagers.
Audrianna McCracken received a silver medal in Focus on Children for her project, "Now that's the Tooth," which focused on teaching preschool children the importance of good dental hygiene.
Rachel Lasley and Samantha Fisher both received silver medals for their performance on the FCCLA knowledge test.
Advancing to state competition in April are: Brenna Pendergraft, in National Programs in Action; Skylar Lowe and Trevor McClintock, in applied technology; and Brianna Wiertsema, Taylor Wolf and Drake Thomas, in food innovations. The competition will be held in Columbia.