Two West Greene GCCTC Culinary Arts students were part of a team that competed at the State FCCLA Leadership Conference and qualify to compete at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference. Brody Miller and Sydnee Watson, along with Carmichaels student Haley Hice, won in the Entrepreneurship category for a year-long project that focused on reinventing a former restaurant, using STEM and principles of business and leadership.
In their reinvention, the students envisioned an eco-friendly, farm-to-fork establishment that serves locally raised beef and produce and is powered by solar energy. The students had to conduct feasibility and income studies, research laws and regulations, prepare a business plan, design a menu, outline hiring procedures and emergency plans, and prepare a 12-month budget.
As part of the competition, the team was required to give an oral presentation and PowerPoint, and they were judged by a rubric to ensure consistency. In addition to advancing to nationals, these students each were awarded $10,750 in scholarships for being the highest scoring team in the Entrepreneurship category at the state level.
The students spent many hours outside the classroom working on this project, which fostered leadership and confidence in its participants.
According to the organization’s website, FCCLA, short for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, “is a national Career and Technical Student Organization that provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities for students in Family and Consumer Sciences education.”
The FCCLA National Leadership Conference is July 2-6, 2017, in Nashville, Tennessee. Congratulations to Brody, Sydnee, and Haley for their achievement!