Greensburg Salem students recognized for work at leadership conference

A group of Greensburg Salem juniors brought home the gold at a state leadership and career organization conference.

The Greensburg Salem Chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America participated in leadership project presentation events during the March 19 competition in Lancaster.

Students Lisa Leeman, Brenna Kohl and Karma Schall received gold recognition for their projects and qualified for the upcoming national competition in Seattle.

Leeman presented her workshop that teaches students the best ways to take advantage of and present themselves professionally on online career platforms such as LinkedIN. Kohl and Schall presented their food and personal care campaign, which started at the school level and expanded to benefit Helping Hands Across Westmoreland.

Students Emily Ruggeri and Azreal Franklin placed silver for projects in event management and professional presentation, respectively, and the Greensburg Salem chapter as a whole received awards for their participation in the organization’s programs and community service.

“Students were allowed to choose any type of project, as long as it aligned with the parameters of the event guidelines, and could then develop a presentation about their project,” Greensburg Salem family and consumer science teacher and FCCLA chapter advisor Morgan Ferczak explained it out. “They had to present it to a group of evaluators.”

Through the organization, students focus on real-world skills, especially those related to careers and pathways in hospitality, tourism, fine arts, human services, education and training, and also participate in community service.

“They are able to explore, prepare for their careers, learn how to serve others, and really realize that they can make a difference where they are,” Ferczak said.

Julia Maruca is a TribLive reporter covering healthcare and the Greensburg and Hempfield areas. She joined the Trib in 2022 after working at the Butler Eagle in southwestern Butler County. She can be reached at [email protected].