The school closed before the Delaware Family, Career, and American Community leaders competition was held, but that did not stop Ashlyn Moore Middle School.
Delaware FCCLA adviser Michelle Semonelle said Ashlyn was the only Delaware fashion and textile student competing in an online competition, where she received gold with a score of 96.
“He is an extraordinary student,” Semonelle said. “Here I am an adult, and he has more talent than me!”
Semonelle said several states had held their competition before the school closed, so he met with other state leaders to decide how students could compete safely before the national conference in July.
“It’s not fair for those who haven’t competed and qualified, so we decided to have a virtual competition through Zoom,” Semonelle said.
Competing is not required for Ashlyn; he wants to do it. After all, he was on the victory line. In his first year, he won gold at the Delaware competition and silver at the national level. Last year, he won gold in the state and in the country.
Ashlyn sewed a royal blue long satin ball gown that matched high heels and silver jewelry.
“It’s different from people,” he said. “I just made my usual speech, and took close-up pictures of dresses, display boards, and planning sheets to submit.”
Semonelle said Ashlyn had to make plans with measurable tactics and goals, as well as a reflective part about what she learned during the process.
“This gives them practical skills in setting goals regardless of their field,” Semonelle said.
This annual competition provides prizes for fashion design, fashion construction, recycling and re-design, and interior design; The FCCLA national competition will be held almost in July.
Family and consumer science teacher Cape Alayna Aiken said the judges were impressed.
“I’m very proud of him,” said Aiken. “Going to a virtual country he goes!”
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