Viera High’s FCCLA students advance to national competition


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Allison Toupal, Lucas Gregorio, Danajean Hosmer and Damian Hosmer have all thrived in FCCLA.

Photo by Mike Gaffey

Family values are at the center of a unique national youth leadership organization at Viera High School. The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, or FCCLA, is a student organization that promotes the growth and leadership of members while stressing the importance of the family.  

Carrie Humphrys, club chair, said that the FCCLA is the only national Career and Technical Student organization with family as its central focus. The organization, which was implemented in 1945, is a joint club partnering Viera High School with Space Coast Junior/Senior High School.  

“Our mission is to promote personal growth and development along with leadership skills through family and consumer science education,” Humphrys said.

The importance of the family as part of society is stressed through character development, innovative thinking, communication, and practicality, with an emphasis on preparation.  These values are addressed by club members, who work on projects and then compete in an upcoming national conference.  

“Our student members focus on life skills by creating projects, learning to speak to adults and making presentations,” Humphrys said. “These are lifelong skills.”

FCCLA members learn about career, personal, and societal issues faced by adults. Students must realize that as adults, they need to make a living. The FCCLA students are preparing for the real world with projects and business ideas, while addressing issues such as the environment at the local and national level.  

Family members are wage earners and community leaders. They are also entrepreneurs, like Damian Hosmer, a ninth grader, who won a district and state title with his Bee and Honey Business. 

“Damian created a 50-page business proposal which addressed start-up costs, care and safety issues, a building design including emergency exits, an emergency plan, and a budget,” Humphrys said. “He even applied for a grant for his project.”

Hosmer will attend this year’s National Competition along with ninth-grader Emma Scheinbart and seventh-grader Danajean Hosmer. 

“Emma won gold last year for her recycling and design project,” Humphrys said.  “This year, she is attending as a judge and leadership program participant. “ 

Danajean Hosmer’s recycle and redesign project consisted of repurposing her aunt’s work suits and jewelry to recover an old chair. The chair demonstrates her creativity and innovation while serving as a memory piece.

Other FCCLA students who qualified but will not be in attendance are junior Luke Gregorio for interior design division, and juniors Emoree Luchteen and Alexis Granchi for interior design occupational division.

“We have a young club with 34 members right now,” Humphreys said. “We are trying to get the word out about FCCLA to our students.”

A Fashion and Design Show will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. April 21 at Viera High School, so that students can pay for their trip. The show is free, but donations are appreciated. All Brevard County students in first grade and older can enter work in the event.

The FCCLA also will conduct a garage sale April 29 to earn funds for their upcoming trip to the yearly conference. The garage sale will be held at 4400 Hartville Ave. in Canaveral Groves.