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FCCLA National Gold for Ella Rhodes and Payton Rottinghaus

Payton Rottinghaus and Ella Rhodes

Students from Rock Creek FCCLA attended the 2022 Kansas Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference, April 3-5 in Wichita. More than 1,200 students and advisers from Kansas schools participated in the conference to grow their leadership skills, celebrate their accomplishments from the past year, and prepare for their future careers with Kansas FCCLA.


During the conference, 400 students participated in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) competitive events. Rock Creek High School sophomores Ella Rhodes and Payton Rottinghaus attended the conference along with FCCLA/FCS advisor LeAnn Rottinghaus and chaperone Jennifer Rhodes.  


Ella's STAR event was the event Fashion Construction where she had to construct a top and skirt.  The garments must include at least eight fashion construction techniques.  Along with her garment creations, she had to create a display board, file folder with needed documents, and present her knowledge of construction to the judges in 5 minutes. Ella did a wonderful job of showcasing her construction, workmanship, creativity, knowledge of fabric, and fashion construction skills.   


Payton's STAR event was a presentation in Nutrition and Wellness.  She was to focus on a family member's nutrition and wellness.  She chose her sister, who has Type 1 Diabetes, to help her better manage her calorie and carb intake to better control her blood sugar levels. Payton had to track her sisters nutritional intake, create a three week nutrition plan and wellness plan, create a presentation, and deliver her research and findings to the judges in 10 minutes. 


Both students received a Gold rating and beat other students from across Kansas to be eligible to compete at the National Leadership Conference June 29-July 3 in San Diego, California. They did tremendous job representing themselves and their school. I am extremely proud of their efforts. Any donations to help fund their trip to San Diego to compete at the National Level will be accepted.  Please contact LeAnn Rottinghaus at rottingl@rockcreekschools.org for information.