2017-07-13 / Front Page

Curt Gammon wins FCCLA gold medal at ’17 National Leadership Conference


Curt Gammon won FCCLA gold in Nashville and also had a chance to see some of the Music City’s sights. Curt Gammon won FCCLA gold in Nashville and also had a chance to see some of the Music City’s sights. After taking first place at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) STAR regional and state competitions for his project in researching the career of an elementary school teacher, Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School student Curt Gammon received the gold medal for the southern region at the 2017 National Leadership Conference.

Presenting in the category of “Occupational Career Investigation Project,” Gammon’s inspiration stemmed from a sincere desire to work with children.

“I love kids, and I’ve just been around it my whole life since my grandmama, aunt, and mama were all teachers,” Gammon explained. “And I’ve always been told that there’s a need for more male teachers.”

In choosing elementary school teacher as his project’s subject, Gammon then performed many self-assessments, researched and explored his chosen career, set career goals, created a plan for achieving those goals, and described the relationship of Family and Consumer Sciences coursework to teaching for his gold-winning project.

Not only has Gammon been interested in becoming a teacher since sixth grade, but he has also admitted that by completing this project he realized that it is – without a doubt – the career path for him.

“I feels really surreal, like I haven’t actually done it,” Gammon added. “But, the conference was nice. I had fun, met a lot of new people, and got to experience a lot of things that I’d never seen before.”

More than 7,500 members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country gathered in Nashville, Tennessee for the national competition, where Gammon had the opportunity to attend leadership and program trainings, hear national speakers, meet the National Executive Council, explore colleges and careers, and aid in making an impact on the city with the unlimited possibilities of FCCLA.

Already considering his participation in FCCLA as “greatly beneficial,” after participating in such a massive academic and proactive competition, Gammon likewise expressed that in completing his project both his public speaking and abilities to present information to others have improved.

FCCLA’s STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events are based on competition, evaluation, and recognition which stresses cooperation as the basis of success. Both youth and adults work together to manage the events and serve as evaluators of the participants. Throughout the year, FCCLA members tackle issues such as teen violence prevention, traffic safety, family issues, career exploration, and much more. FCCLA programs and competitions enrich student learning, improve self-esteem, and serve students with a range of ability levels, economic situations, and cultural influences.

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Way to go Curt!! You are most

Way to go Curt!! You are most deserving! Terry Roberts