Bath County FCCLA Students Going to Nationals

Warm Springs, VA – Two Bath County High School students made history at the Family Career and Community Leaders of America State Leadership and Recognition Conference in Virginia Beach recently. Monja Robertson and Chase Smith won the food innovations category, the first winners in the new category in FCCLA history.

They hope to compete this summer in the FCCLA national competition. Chase Smith is a sophomore at Bath County High School.

“We did food innovations,'” said Smith. We have to design a health frozen dinner, which could be easy for someone to make and eat if they’re in a time crunch. We designed a meal, and we had to design a container for it the nutrition facts all the information for this meal.”

Smith and Robertson took the gold medal, the Best in State trophy and earned a trip to nationals July 3-8 in Chicago.

FCCLA promotes personal growth and leadership development through family and consumer sciences education.

FCCLA offers many different categories for students to compete in. Other Bath County High School students traveled to Virginia Beach and competed in the occupational category and the culinary arts cooking team category with great results.

This is the first year that the food innovations category was offered at the state competition. Chase and Monja competed against another team to win the opportunity to go to nationals.

“This is the very first time Bath County High School has ever made it to nationals for FCCLA,” said Smith.

Smith and Robertson received comments back from the judges at the state competition and they are thinking of making a few changes to their meal project. But they plan to use the same dish if they go to the national competition in Chicago.

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