Clarissa Hughes and Jacob Smith attended the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Conference in San Antonio and earned National Awards, a first in WHS history.

Hughes earned a spot at the National Competition after placing first in both the Regional Competition in February and the State Competition in April. At the National Conference, Hughes was awarded the silver medal for competing in the Interior Design Star Event Competition.

Smith also made his way through Regional and State Competitions being selected as a National Officer Candidate. At the National Conference Smith earned a position as an FCCLA National Officer for the 2014-2015 school year. He will serve as Vice President of Finance and will have a spot on the FCCLA executive council for two years.

“I am so proud of Clarissa and Jacob for their hard work and dedication to FCCLA. Whitehouse is privileged to have these 2 outstanding students represent our school and community,” said Tonya Wheat, Whitehouse ISD FCCLA Advisor and SKILLS USA Advisor. “Jacob has overcome some huge obstacles in the past couple of months to get to where he is today, and that is truly a blessing.”

The FCCLA is a national career and technical education student organization that provides personal growth, leadership development and career preparation opportunities for students in Family and Consumer Science Education. The conference was held July 5-11.