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BY GAIL M. WILLIAMS
Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

Being smart is a great start on the road to success in life. However, being self-motivated and focused can take you even farther down that road.
Muleshoe FCCLA members Ariana Mendoza-Platas, Laiza Que, Kyla Sierra and Lylyana Castro recently qualified to take part in the State LifeSmarts Competition on March 2-3 in Austin.The students completed online assessments and quizzes related to Personal Finance, Health and Safety, Technology, the Environment, and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities.
“They were completely self-motivated,” said FCCLA sponsor and FCS/Home Ec teacher Val McCamish. “The girls got interested and ran with it.”
McCamish expressed appreciation to school leadership, including Cindy Bessire, Dr. R.L. Richards, Dani Heathington and Muleshoe School Board.
“I’m very lucky and fortunate that Muleshoe leadership supports the program financially and allows kids to be involved in FCCLA and all of our CTE (Career Technical Education) activities,” she said.
Muleshoe FCCLA has 45 affiliated members.
“Any student, boys and girls, who have taken a family and consumer sciences course can be a part of the organization,” McCamish said. “FCCLA offers students real-life experiences and practical knowledge that they will use in the future. FCCLA is unique in that its central focus is the family.”
Students who are successful in the LifeSmarts competition at the state level may go on to compete at National LifeSmarts in Orlando, Florida, from April 13-16.
According to a press release, LifeSmarts is a program of the National Consumers League, the nation’s pioneering consumer advocacy organization, which empowers young people across the United States to develop the skills they need to be successful in an increasingly complex marketplace.
For more information about FCCLA, visit https://fcclainc.org/. LifeSmarts can be accessed at https://lifesmarts.org/.

FCCLA students recently qualified to compete at the State Life Smarts Competition. From left to right: Ariana Mendoza-Platas, Laiza Que, Kyla Sierra and Lylyana Castro
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