SULLIVAN — The Black River High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) student organization held its 2018 installation ceremony on Jan. 25 in the Black River High School Cafeteria.

During the ceremony, 24 first-year students were installed. Twenty second, third and fourth-year students were also recognized at the ceremony. Four students received a token of appreciation for participating in all 11 of the FCCLA activities this year. Nearly 75 students and family members attended the ceremony.

FCCLA is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences education in public and private school through grade 12. Today, more than 164,000 members in more than 5,300 chapters are active in a network of associations in 49 states, in addition to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

"It was a great evening for students, parents and staff members to celebrate the hard work of our FCCLA members and for students to be recognized among their peers," said Jenny Demczyk, family and consumer sciences teacher and FCCLA adviser. "We are so proud of all that our students have accomplished and look forward to watching them compete in career development competitions throughout the remainder of the school year."

Once affiliated, members of the organization are invited to chapter meetings held during lunch or after school, attend regional meetings and events such as State Leadership Conference, and also compete in career development events or the Power of One individual event.

In the coming weeks, students will be completing their FCCLA career development events and individualized projects. Students who complete career development events will present their projects on March 10 at the Pioneer Career and Technical Center. Students receiving the highest score in the region will advance to the state competition at the Ohio FCCLA State Leadership Conference at the Ohio State Fairgrounds in April.

"We are thrilled to currently have 44 students active in our FCCLA organization," said Superintendent Chris Clark. "We are proud of the newly installed students for investing in their futures and getting involved to further develop their skills and give back to the community."