DALLAS - Five teams from the Ballinger High School FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America) competed with their student-led projects at the State Leadership Conference in Dallas April 5-8. One Ballinger team took first place during the competition.

DALLAS - Five teams from the Ballinger High School FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America) competed with their student-led projects at the State Leadership Conference in Dallas April 5-8. One Ballinger team took first place during the competition. The FCCLA chapter advisor and family consumer science teacher Julie Halfmann.

Emma Duke took first place in state with her project, “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” in the Focus on Children category. Duke's project raised money to purchase 500 books for classrooms at Ballinger Elementary School. Duke will compete at the National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn. in July.

The team of Heather Speckles, Celeste Oldham, and Ryann Jarvis placed fourth with their service project, “Everybody Dances,” which is raising funds to buy a piece of universally-accessible playground equipment for the elementary school. They plan to have the wheel-chair accessible swing in place by the end of the school year.

A team of culinary students consisting of Jessica Ramirez, Avery House, and Samantha Jalomo placed sixth with their service project, “FCCLA Benefit Box.” This group has used their culinary talents to prepare a variety of foods and delivered them in boxes to families in the community who are in need.

Also representing BHS FCCCLA were Haley Cullen with the project, “Antique Smiles,” and Kelsey Hughes and Grace Rutledge with their project, “The Magic of Kindness.”