Showing their awards.

Four representatives of the Big Valley Chapter FHA-HERO attended the State Leadership Meeting of the California Association FHA-HERO April 29-May 2 at the Radisson Hotel and Fresno Convention Center.

Members and advisor attending this statewide meeting were: Ms. Sharon Yonehara, who served as State Competitive Recognition Events Consultant, Ashley Piscitello who competed in Menu Planning & Table Display, Maile Juranits who competed in Consumer Education, Silvia Moran who competed in Apparel Construction and Kristy Meade who competed in Creed Recitation.


All Ready for Competition Day! 

(l-r)  Kristy Meade, Silvia Moran, Ashley Piscitello and Maile Juranits


The Big Valley Chapter received the gold level State Superior Chapter, Maile, Silvia and Kristy received their Chapter Degrees, and Kristy took third in Creed Recitation. A very special highlight of the meeting was, for only the second time in the history of the State Association, that Ashley Piscitello received her State FHA-HERO Degree.

The theme for the three-day meeting was “Embark on the Journey.” Speakers included "Living the Dash" by songwriter, Patrick Henry and officer reflections by each of the 2005-06 State Officer Team.  Meeting activities included general sessions, Competitive Recognition Event State Finals, Career and Teen Issue workshops, and the election of the 2006-07 State Officers.  The representatives returned home with many new ideas for developing leadership programs and planning chapter projects.

FHA-HERO is a national vocational student organization for you men and women interested in or enrolled in home economics education programs. More than 4,000 students participate in leadership development activities throughout the state. In California, FHA-HERO is sponsored by the Agriculture and Home Economics Education Unit, California Department of Education.


Ashley Piscatello receives her state degree from State FHA-HERO Secretary Meghan Dahlin.


Kristy Meade with her 3rd place trophy for Creed Recitation