Eastland-Fairfield CTC News Article

Four Culinary Students are Heading to FCCLA Nationals!

Students from the ECC FCCLA chapter gather in the lobby of Eastland Career Center, dressed in their red student org. jackets.

May 17, 2023  |  EFCTS

Sixteen students from the Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools Culinary Arts program competed at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) state conference. Four have learned that they have qualified for the national conference. The two-day, statewide event was held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus on April 27th and 28th.

Of the 19 events that EFCTS students competed in, 16 resulted in a top-10 finish. Two students were crowned state champions. Emaleigh Arcand, a junior from Groveport Madison High School, placed first overall and landed a silver rating in the Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation category to become one of four national qualifiers and the only junior to accomplish the feat.

Senior Debora Kawogo (Reynoldsburg) was also hailed as a state champion in the garde manager category, which is a state-only competition.

Joining Arcand at the national conference will be seniors Javon McDonald (Pickerington North) and Amarra Haines (Whitehall Yearling), both qualifying with second place, silver finishes in the Interpersonal Communication category. Amanda-Clearcreek senior, Hallie Roberts, will advance to Nationals after placing as state runner-up in the Baking and Pastry category.

For a complete list of FCCLA state conference placements, please see below.

Three ECC juniors learned that they will also be representing the state or the region after being selected as FCCLA executive officers. As part of the statewide conference, it was announced that Emaleigh Arcand (Groveport Madison) will serve as the next FCCLA State Secretary. Ryan Traylor (Groveport Madison) and Annamarie Burchett (Teays Valley) have been selected as Region 3 Executive Officers. 

The 2023 FCCLA National Leadership Conference will take place in Denver, Colorado from July 2 to July 6, where qualifiers will head to compete for a national ranking.

FCCLA State Conference Results
(name, class, home school, rating, placement)

Culinary Math Management
Bethany Engle (Sr., Canal Winchester) - Silver, 8th place
Annamarie Burchett (Jr., Teays Valley) - Silver, 8th place

Garde Manger
Debora Kawogo (Sr., Reynoldsburg) - Gold, 1st place 
 ** state-only competition
Ryan Traylor (Jr., Groveport Madison) - Gold, 5th place

Baking & Pastry
Hallie Roberts (Sr., Amanda-Clearcreek) - Silver, 2nd place $
Marissa Alruz (Jr., Reynoldsburg) - Silver, 12th place

Product Development
Brooklyn Daye (Sr., Whitehall Yearling) - Silver, 7th place
Brittany Tolentino Galvin (Sr., Groveport Madison) - Silver, 7th place
Ian Tolbert (Jr., Canal Winchester) - Gold, 4th place
Valeria Naranjo (Jr., Bexley) - Gold, 4th place

Hospitality, Tourism, Recreation
Amarra Haines (Sr., Whitehall Yearling) - Silver, 8th place
Emaleigh Arcand (Jr., Groveport Madison) - Silver, 1st place $

Interpersonal Communication
Javon McDonald (Sr., Pickerington North) - Silver, 2nd place $
Amarra Haines (Sr., Whitehall Yearling) - Silver, 2nd place $
Kaira Pegram (Jr., Whitehall Yearling) - Silver, 3rd place

Food Innovations
Brooklyn Daye (Sr., Whitehall Yearling) - Silver, 11th place
Brittany Tolentino Galvin (Reynoldsburg) - Silver, 11th place

Culinary Arts
Christopher Woodard (Jr., Pickerington North) - Gold, 4th place

Event Management
Annelise Gasser (Jr., Pickerington Central) - Silver, 5th place

$ denotes the individual has qualified for FCCLA national competition

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a national Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for students in Family and Consumer Sciences education in public and private schools through grade 12. FCCLA offers intra-curricular resources and opportunities for students to pursue careers that support families. Since 1945, 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. Today, more than 155,000 members from 4,253 chapters are active in a network of associations in 47 states, including Puerto Rico.

About Eastland-Fairfield
Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools is the seventh-largest career and technical education district, geographically, in the State of Ohio. We serve more than 5,000 students in 16 school districts throughout Franklin, Fairfield and Pickaway counties. Eastland-Fairfield provides more than 35 programs to over 1,600 high school and adult students. The district has two main campuses — Eastland Career Center in Groveport and Fairfield Career Center in Carroll, with satellite locations at four of our associate high schools: Gahanna Lincoln, Groveport Madison, New Albany, and Pickerington North. 

Founded in 1969. Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools’ mission is to engage, enrich, and equip students every day in every experience. We prepare students to pursue their life’s next E: Employment, Enlistment, Entrepreneurship, and/or additional Education. Visit us online at www.eastlandfairfield.com and follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagramYouTube, and LinkedIn for regular updates, fun content and information.

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