Two students from the Hockessin-Pike Creek area won gold medals at the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America National Conference in Nashville, Tenn.
A.I. duPont High School students Wing Tang and Kelsey Underwood won the awards at the FCCLA conference in July.
Tang earned a gold medal in Fashion Construction, with a score of 98 percent. She was filmed in a repeat performance two days after her competition -- the only student filmed in Fashion Construction from across the country and the only student filmed from Delaware. The video will serve as a demonstration for future competitors. Tang is now a junior and a Clothing 3 student at A.I. duPont.
Underwood impressed the judges and earned a gold medal in Recycle and Redesign of Textiles Products. In addition to her fashionable dress constructed from recycled t-shirts, Underwood described her marketing plan and provided extensive recycling data in her presentation. She is now a senior and a Clothing 4 student at A.I. duPont.
Meanwhile, A.I. duPont FCCLA Chapter President Marrissa Nardo, of Wilmington, attended leadership training sessions at the conference. She is also the vice president of the Delaware FCCLA Executive Council. Nardo met with state officers from across the country and joined Tang and Underwood as they participated in workshops and presentations. Nardo is now a senior and a Clothing 3 student at A.I. duPont.
A.I. duPont's FCCLA chapter also raised $1,500 for the national "Share Our Strength-No Kid Hungry" campaign.
A.I. duPont FCCLA advisor Judi Townsend, a textiles and clothing teacher, accompanied Tang, Underwood, and Nardo at the national conference.
"The students were wonderful, the resort was beautiful, and we had many opportunities to interact with and learn from the 7,000 conference participants," said Townsend.