Washington, D.C. -- Katie Cromley, of Uhrichsville, and Lacey Luthy, of Sherrodsville, recently participated in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) at Family, Career and Community Leaders of America's (FCCLA) 2015 National Leadership Conference.

Katie and Lacey are 2015 Buckeye Career Center graduates. The girls worked as a team and received a Gold medal in the event - Focus on Children - one of 32 national STAR Events available to FCCLA students. Their medal was presented at a recognition session honoring all participants on Thursday, July 9, 2015. More than 7,700 members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the nation attended this meeting. Approximately 4,100 students advanced from the local, regional, and state level of STAR Events to the national meeting.

Katie and Lacey attended Buckeye Career Center concentrating in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) lab. Their event allowed the girls to go into the community with the emphasis on reading to children and family involvement. They were present at the Atwood Lake Festival and the Reading Festival at New Towne Mall. Lacey and Katie also visited local elementary schools to further their experience.

The girls intend to begin their post-secondary schooling at Kent State University, Tuscarawas in the area of early childhood education. They will start this new season of life already experienced in the ECE field and knowing this is a good fit.

FCCLA's STAR Events are based on the belief that every student is a winner. Competition, evaluation, and recognition all stress 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.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has nearly 155,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.