Students posing behind podium labeled California FHA Heo Association, dressed in red school uniforms.

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Five representatives of the Big Valley Chapter FHA-HERO  ( Future Homemakers of America-Home Economics Related Occupations) attended the State Leadership Meeting of the California Association FHA-HERO April 1-4 at the Radisson Hotel and Fresno Convention Center.

Members and adviser attending this statewide meeting were: Ms. Sharon Yonehara, who served as chairperson for the Fashion Design Event, Heather Thompson and Heather Oney, who served as voting delegates and CRE assistants, Cory Click, who competed in Sewing Proficiency.

Mrs. Giachetti and Holly Cox from the Burney Chapter traveled with the Big Valley Chapter. Holly Cox served as a member of the Nominating Committee. Mrs. Pam Giachetti received her diamond pin for 20 years of service as an FHA-HERO adviser.

Winners for the event were Stephanie Curry, 1st place in Sewing Proficiency Junior Division and

Holley Baker 2nd place Sewing Proficiency Senior Division.

The theme for the three-day meeting was "Make a Mark in the New Millennium." Speakers included Curtis Childers, who spoke on "it's Not the Sky that's Gray" and Jennifer Esperante Gunter, whose topic was "CHA-ampion in Life." Meeting activities included general sessions, Competitive Recognition Event State Finals, Career and Teen Issue workshops, and the election of the 2000-01 State Officers. The participants were also able to spend a fun-filled day at Blackbeard's fun park. 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 Home Economics Education Unit, California Department of Education.