By Jake Lee Green
Kern Valley Sun
On Saturday, February 22, two Kern Valley High School sophomores, Angelina Warnock and Brooke McConnell competed in a Chapter Service Display, hosted by the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). The event, which was held at the Madera South High School, is part of the FCCLA Region 8 Qualifying Competition. Warnock and McConnell took first place amongst their peers.
FCCLA is a Career and Technical Student Organization that operates within school systems as an integral part of the Family and Consumer Sciences education curriculum. The organization has operated since 1945 helping young people address important personal, work, and societal issues through competitive events such as the oral presentation that Warnock and McConnell participated in.
The presentation included a short skit and speech about the red flags and dangers associated with teenage dating violence. The awareness that they have brought to the subject of Teen Dating Violence won them first place and qualified them to compete at the FCCAL State Conference in Fresno on the weekend of April 25 to 28, 2020.
Prior to the competition efforts between the pair have been made to bring attention to Teen Dating Violence Awareness at the Kern Valley High School by encouraging students to participate in ‘Chalk for Love.’ In addition, the pair have used social media as a way to reach a broader audience and Warnock says her Snapchat account has 400 followers who can follow their efforts.
Vice Principal Eric Hansen remarked on the sophomore’s effort by saying this, “We at the Kern Valley High School have found that this partnership with the Women’s Center has been very positive for the young ladies here on campus. They’re setting an example for other students and we hope to see this expand into the community and the positive things that this will bring.”