Students from Enterprise and Joseph high schools struck gold at the annual Family Community and Career Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Conference in Portland March 11-13. All county members earned gold medals for their projects.

Wallowa County has been a state leader in recent years at the state level.

Oregon state president Jeramey Shoffitt of Joseph not only presided over the annual state gathering, but was elected to a second term.

Another Joseph chapter member, Caleb Bright, attended the event as Eastern Region vice president.

Two Enterprise students were also elected to state FCCLA office - Morgan Green as state secretary and Stephanie Hunter, who will succeed Bright as state vice president of the Eastern Region.

Joseph ChapterEleven Joseph delegates competed in STAR Events (Students Taking Action for Recognition) and all received Gold Medals.

The students and their projects are: Mariah Warnock and Ian Baynes, Focus on Children;

Trent Martin and Forrest Watson, Chapter Service Project Display; Malinda Tienhaara. Darian Glover and Bailey Wearin, Life Event Planning;

Ali Garrett, Marc Duncan and Sofia Jerneld, Illustrated Talk; and Casey Hayes, Recycle and Redesign.

Ali Garrett, Marc Duncan, Sofia Jerneld and Casey Hayes also qualified to compete with their projects at the National FCCLA Convention, July 4-8 in Chicago, Ill.

Kathryn Kemp, Joseph chapter president, served as a student judge for the Chapter Service event.

The group was accompanied by advisor Marla Dotson, Linda Bright, Donna Warnock and Jim Hayes.

Enterprise ChapterAll members of the EHS chapter who competed at state brought home gold medals and also qualified for national competition this summer.

The gold-medal students and their projects are as follows: Alix Christman and Stephanie George, Focus on Children (Juniper Jam); Kaitlyn and Tylor Edison, Chapter Service Manual (All Saints Eve); Sam Hunter, Joscelyn Stangel and Jake Nicholls (Chapter Showcase Manual)l; Wade Morton and Madison Ribich, Chapter Service Display (Children's Miracle Network); Morgan Green and Sam Eatwell, Environmental Ambassadors; Stephanie Hunter , National Programs in Action (Dad's Night Out); Marta Stangel and Stephanie Simpson, Interpersonal Communication;

Casey Marino and Duncan Christman, Entrepreneurship; Jennifer Wood, Focus on Children, JR (Fuel up to Play 60)

Asuka Matsuda, exchange student from Japan, received recognition as a Power of One winner for completing five self-directed FCCLA units.

The Enterprise chapter as a whole earned gold awards for its Student Body and STOP the Violence projects.

Adults accompanying the students were advisor Debbie Hadden, were Keli Christman and Nora Stangel.

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