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Two FCCLA teams from Crockett win at nationals

Two teams from David Crockett High School’s Family Career Community Leaders of America program took first place at the national competition in Florida earlier this month.
Students Hayley Kellet, Tiffany Ryan and Katie Whitaker won first place for their work with fighting childhood obesity.
The trio had previously garnered top finishes at the state and district levels with their project, which is centered around the theme, “What’s on Your Plate?”
The team used the theme to create a display board on childhood obesity containing information required by the FCCLA competition.
“We worked really hard. I was pretty confident about everything we’ve done,” Whitaker said. “I knew we would place, but I didn’t know if we would win.”
Whitaker and her peers decided to do their project after they discovered Tennessee is nearly leading the nation in childhood obesity.
The win at the national level serves as a reminder that their work is important.
“It means that we’ve made a difference in our community,” Whitaker said. “It feels good.”
Crockett students DeAnna Owens and Ashlynn Rogers also took home first place at the national competition held in Orlando, Fla.
The duo competed in the Community Service Project portion of the event, concentrating their efforts on homelessness.
The team got classmates on board to help make more than 50 blankets, which they delivered in person to area homeless shelters.
The personal delivery offered a chance for the students to see first hand what homeless individuals had to go through on a nightly basis.
Once they made the blankets and learned from their experiences, Owens and Rogers had to document their work in an FCCLA manual.
They took their manual to the regional competition where they won first place earlier this year. At state, they came up short, but still managed to garner a second place finish.
Their success earned them the chance to take part in the national competition where they once again took home top honors.
The double victory was one heck of a way for Mary Southerland, FCCLA instructor at Crockett, to close out her career.
“It’s a good way to go out,” said Southerland, who retired from Crockett at the end of the school year after 30 years with the Washington County School System. “I don’t think we’ve had two teams get gold at the same time. It’s a good feeling.”