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Kylie Cain, Deja Whalen, Hayley Leach, Allison Dicks,
Brad Kluesner, and Ashley Willoughby


Members of the Grant County High School Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) student organization attended the 70th Annual State Leadership Conference at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky, March 29 – April 1, 2015. Six GCHS members and their adviser, Ms. Whitney Hilterbran, were in attendance.

While at the conference several GCHS FCCLA members received individual recognition, plus the GCHS FCCLA chapter was recognized.

- Deja Whalen was selected as the Ultimate Member for Region 7, and presented on chapter activities to the over 700 students in attendance.

- Ashley Willoughby and Deja Whalen presented an Advocacy project on the Heroin Epidemic in Northern Kentucky during the STAR events competition.

- Brad Kluesner, Kylie Cain, and Allison Dicks competed in the Focus on Children category and presented their project which discussed early childhood literacy.

- Hayley Leach presented a project on Autism and Bullying and received 1st place in the Interpersonal Communications category.

- The Grant County High School FCCLA chapter was recognized with a Unite to Read award for their leadership in the annual “Hay Read” event at GCHS. This event encourages literacy among elementary students.

Leach selected as FCCLA State President:

Finally, a special congratulations to Hayley Leach upon her selection as the 2015-2016 Kentucky FCCLA State President! This is a huge honor, with Hayley being only the second Grant County High School student in GCHS history to be selected for a state office, and the first to serve as president.

The selection process for a state office is rather arduous, including an application, a test, interviews with students and advisers, then the top 10 are interviewed again before the votes are cast. Hayley was able to bring quite a bit of experience and expertise to the position. She has been very involved in FCCLA and has won several state and national awards during her high school career.

As State FCCLA President, Hayley will be the official spokesperson for the State FCCLA Association, and will represent Kentucky at the National FCCLA meeting later this summer. Additionally, Hayley will provide leadership for the other state officers, appoint chairs for state committees, and preside over all state-level meetings of the FCCLA. Hayley shares, “I am thankful for the opportunities that has been provided to me and so many other students through FCCLA. I am excited to serve in this capacity, representing not only Grant County, but also the state of Kentucky at the National FCCLA Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. this July.” 

Hayley is the daughter of Tom and Rebecca Leach.

Congratulations to Hayley and the entire Grant County High School FCCLA group. We are incredibly proud of all of these students and their accomplishments.

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