Pioneer takes gold

Kendra Cole and Samantha Carroll ready to make their presentation.

SHELBY – More than 10,000 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country gathered in Anaheim, California for the 2019 National Leadership Conference held June 29-July 5. 

Pioneer Career and Technology Center Early Childhood Education students Samantha Carroll (2019 Ontario HS graduate) and Kendra Cole (2019 Plymouth graduate) competed in the Focus on Children category. Competing against 102 teams representing all 50 states and Puerto Rico, Pioneer’s team presented their project on Recycling.

Carroll and Cole held a recycling drive in Pioneer’s Preschool. They planned and implemented activities for the Pre-K classes and sent home a bag with five interactive activities for the Pre-K students to do with their families to promote recycling. Then they followed up with a survey regarding continued recycling at home.

Pioneer’s team received a gold ranking. To receive a gold ranking the team must receive a 95% out of 100.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members have been making a difference in their families, careers, and communities by addressing important personal, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education since 1945. FCCLA is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders. FCCLA has 175,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from all 50 state, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Pioneer Career and Technology Center has been providing quality career-technical education to high school juniors and seniors for nearly 50 years. We serve over 1,150 students representing over 35 Career Tech Programs and 14 partner schools and offer adult education programs. Visit our website at

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