Blue Springs student wins national fashion award for second time

July 2013Contact: Kathleen Aylward Immediate ReleasePhone: 816-697-3933

LOCAL STUDENT RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING SKILLS IN NATIONAL COMPETITION

Nashville, TN. – Alaina Aylward, of Blue Springs, Missouri, recently participated in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) at Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) 2013 National Leadership Conference. Alaina, who is a Senior at Blue Spring High School, in Blue Springs, Missouri, and is the daughter of Kathleen & Chuck Aylward received the top overall Gold medal in Fashion Design, one of 31 national STAR Events available to FCCLA students. Her medal, and two college scholarships, were presented at a recognition session honoring all participants at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center on Thursday, July 11. Thousands of members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the nation attended this meeting. Approximately 3,600 students advanced from the local, regional, and state level of STAR Events to the national meeting.
Alaina was a participant in the Fashion Design Competition, and this is the second year in a row that she has won the top overall Gold Medal. She designed a Collection inspired by the movie, Crimson Wing, and along with the garments, she also designed purses, shoes and jewelry, and completed a 45 page portfolio and was also judged on the actual completion of one of the designs. She sewed a Sculptural Velveteen Jacket, and a Coral Pettidress made out of silk chiffon. Alaina commented, " Competing with FCCLA has changed my life and I am extremely proud of my collection. I had a great deal of competion and was honored to represent, my school, my FCCLA region, and my state!" Alaina's future plans include continuing her work on her portfolio for college and making her final college decision. 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 over 200,000 members and over 6,500 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. FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus.

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