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From left, first place finalists Ashley Lopez, Dayana Michel, Liliahna Bedolla, and Zuheidi Del Rio. 

The Reedley High School chapter of Family, Careers and Community Leaders of America or FCCLA, traveled to Central West High School on Feb. 23 for the FCCLA Competitive Regional Event. 

The region qualified for the state competition is an event where students competed in "STAR" events or Students Taking Action with Recognition. 

They were scored by a panel of judges on their oral presentations, display boards, portfolios and writing samples. 

Ashley Lopez a junior at Reedley High, placed first in the "Illustrated Talk" category. Ashley's topic was on "E-Cigarettes-The flavor trap" and emphasized on how the tobacco industry is targeting younger students with  candy flavored products. 

Dayana Michel, a Reedley High sophomore, placed first in the "Promote and Publicize FCCLA" topic. 

Her topic focused on learning how to promote a campaign for public awareness through technology and social media. 

Zuheidi Del Rio, also a sophomore at Reedley High placed first in her topic "Sports Nutrition." 

Liliahna Bedolla, another Reedley High sophomore, placed first in the Chapter Service Project. Her service project focused on the dangers of teen drinking and driving. 

The Reedley High chapter was also recognized for their group project "Taking Down Tobacco."

The chapter was one of three high schools in the nation to be recognized and awarded a $1,000 grant from the campaign for Tobbaco-FreeKids.org, and also received a $100 grant from the FCCLA.

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