(Front) Adrienne, Stephanie, Taylor, Kassidy, Regan, Kiera, Alivia, Haylie, (back) Ciera, Preston M., Nick, Joseph, Austin S., Ashten, Shandra, Jessica, Preston L., Austin B. and (not pictured) Jacy.
Kingston wins 12 events at FCCLA Meet
by Jon Dohrer
Kingston Public Schools
When the winners of the FCCLA District Star Events competition were announced Tuesday, attendees heard "Kingston" a lot.
"The kids got so excited every time they called out 'Kingston,'" sponsor Joann Carter said.
That's because Kingston students won 12 of the 16 events in which they were entered at the district Family, Career and Community Leaders of America contest in Madill.
"I was very pleased with those results," Carter said. "They were competing against a lot of different schools. And only a few of them had ever competed before."
Carter said the accomplishment is more impressive in light of the fact that there were more Kingston entries than normal, so students had to do a larger percentage of the work. She took 16 students to district contest — twice as many as the usual seven or eight.
Following are the names of students who took first place in their respective divisions, with the events in which they competed:
Austin Stottlemyre — Senior Career Investigation;
Preston Morris — Junior Career investigation;
Jacy Germany — Senior Job Interview;
Ashten Shelton — Children's Literature;
Regen Stephenson — Children's Literature;
Haylie Teeter — Children's Literature;
Ciera Cox — Senior Illustrated Talk;
Nick Herfurth — Senior Illustrated Talk;
Adrienne Sims — Senior Interpersonal Communications;
Kiera Bolay — Senior Interpersonal Communications;
Stephanie Cook — Senior Life Event Planning; and
Kassidy White — Senior Life Event Planning.
Others who placed were Taylor Justus, second, Junior Illustrated Talk; Joseph Lara, third, Creed Interpretation; Alivia McCuan, fifth, Creed Interpretation; and Austin Blackwell, fifth, Creed Interpretation.
Those students who placed first will now move on to regional competition Feb. 5 in Ada. Carter said the youngsters should be proud of their work, but should also prepare for much stuffer competition.
"Now is when it gets tougher," she said. "I'm not saying district isn't tough, but it's a lot more competitive at regionals. So now, they just need to keep working and keep polishing and do even better at regionals."
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