Nine students from the City of Fairfax schools earned gold and silver medals in competitive events at the 2018 FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) National Leadership Conference held earlier this summer in Atlanta. A total of 30 Family and Consumer Sciences-related competitive events called STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) were offered. These events support foundational, leadership, and workplace skills in areas such as advocacy, culinary arts, and entrepreneurship.
Gold Medal winners were:
• Miranda Cespedes of Fairfax High School and Yale Kim and Emily Sarber of Lanier Middle School in Food Innovations.
• Juliana Luckabaugh of Fairfax High School and Hana Ismail and Riley Sarber of Lanier Middle School in Promote and Publicize FCCLA.
Earning Silver Medals were:
• Hope Peters of Lanier Middle School, Advocacy STAR event.
• Naomi Daniels and Kayleigh Williams of Lanier Middle School, Chapter Service Project Display.
Additionally, the following students were recognized for completing the following challenges: Engage track; Juliana Luckabaugh of Fairfax High completed the ENGAGE Leadership Academy and Hope Peters and Emily Sarber of Lanier Middle earned the LAUNCH Leadership Academy certificate and medal.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), is a national student organization whose programs are planned and run by members, and the only career and technical in-school student organization with a central focus on family.
Fairfax High School and Lanier Middle School students arrived in Bejing, China this week for a 12-day cultural exchange program. The students will meet Chinese students, stay with host families and will tour attractions throughout the country.
Meade Elected Student Representative; Horn to
Serve as Alternate
The City of Fairfax School Board welcomed Kate Meade as its 2018-2019 Student Representative and Kylie Horn as the alternate. The two students were elected by their Fairfax High School peers in the spring of 2018.
Kate Meade will serve as the Student Representative. She will attend all regular school board meetings and give a student presentation. She will also work with the school board throughout the year on an ongoing topic to be determined this summer. In her personal statement, Kate discussed her desire to make a difference and give students a voice within the school board. In a letter from one of her teachers, Kate is described as “bright, motivated, generous, popular and confident”.
In the first year of the position, Kylie Horn will be the Student Rep Alternate. The Alternate will fill in for the student rep if they are unavailable and will serve as the student representative on the Superintendent’s Advisory Council. Kylie, a rising 11th grader is described by a teacher as “dilligent, responsible and a caring member of her school and community.”
Toby Sorensen Named Vice Chairman
The City of Fairfax School Board unanimously named Carolyn Pitches as Chairman at their first regular school board meeting of the 2018-2019 school year last night, voting 4-0. Jon Buttram was not in attendance at the meeting.
Carolyn Pitches is serving her fifth term as a Fairfax City School Board member. She has served as Vice Chair of the Fairfax City School Board for four years and was the Fairfax City Schools’ representative to the Washington Area Boards of Education.
Ms. Pitches received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education K-8 in 1992 from Virginia Tech and her Master’s degree in Education K-12 in 2002 from George Mason University. For nearly a decade, Mrs. Pitches taught 6th and 8th grade math in the Prince William County Public Schools. For the last ten years, she has been a teacher at Flint Hill School, where she is the Math Specialist for grades 3-4.
In 1997 and 1999, Mrs. Pitches was awarded the Teacher of Excellence Award for Prince William County Public Schools. She also served as co-chair on two Prince William County Public Schools committees: The Substance Abuse Committee (Core Team) and the At Risk Committee, where she planned, designed and wrote grants to provide a program for students in need of additional support.
Ms. Pitches and her husband Justen have lived in the City of Fairfax since 1999. They have two daughters who attend Fairfax City Schools, where she has volunteered and PTA member.