Courtney Tyra and Leah Defore worked together with other students to continue CCHS "Purple Days," a program designed to raise cancer awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society.
To raise the money, the students sold T-shirts, Grape Crush soda and bracelets with original designs to other students and community members.
The Purple Day program was created four years ago when Mackenzie McKrittrack, an eighth-grader at the time, wanted to honor her father, who passed away after fighting the disease.
"I am so proud of the students when they take a stand for something in the community," FCCLA club sponsor Connie Bailey told The Brazil Times.
This year, the Purple Days campaign inspired Tyra and Defore, and the girls decided to make the program the subject of their FCCLA project.
"FCCLA is really the only school club with its entire focus on the family," Bailey said. "The girls came up with the project all by themselves."
During the state competition, which took place March 1-3, in Indianapolis, Tyra and Defore prepared a six-seven minute presentation for a panel of three judges.
"Speaking in front of people was a challenge for me," Defore said. "But giving awareness out so that people with cancer don't feel alone and know there are others who care is worth it."
The girls entered their project in the service display category as a part of a STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) event.
"We earned a silver," Tyra said, "but the experience and knowing we've helped others is really all that matters."
According to a press release, STAR events allow students to demonstrate skills learned in the classroom and reinforce lessons learned about teen issues such as bullying, drugs and alcohol.
The next CCHS Purple Day is scheduled for Thursday, April 26.
"We have speakers come in every year and talk to the kids, but this year, we are also going to have Mackenzie speak," Bailey said.
In addition, the following students also received awards at the leadership conference:
* Sidnie Crowley and Ashton Stevenson received gold medals in the Childcare Learning Pac, while Brianna Staley received a silver medal,
* Sidnie Crowley and Ashton Stevenson also received silver medals in the Focus on Children category, and
* Catlin Hadley received a bronze medal in the Teach and Train category.
For more information about FCCLA and Family and Consumer Sciences, log on to www.indianafccla.org.