Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Montana FCCLA Participants

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines today honored Montana students participating in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) who recently brought home a combined 31 gold medals, 26 silver medals, and 3 bronze medals from their STAR Event national conference in Washington, D.C.

Daines met with representatives from Montana FCCLA when they were in Washington, D.C. for the national conference on July 8.


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Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress.


Daines’ recognition in the Congressional Record is available here.

Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: http://www.daines.senate.gov/content/contact-steve.

The following is the statement submitted to the Congressional Record:

               MONTANAN OF THE WEEK

     Mr. President, I rise today to recognize the work of the impressive Montana teens who attended the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) STAR Event in Washington, D.C.  This group of young men and women made our state proud at their national conference, and brought home a combined 31 gold medals, 26 silver medals, and 3 bronze medals.

     Some of the standouts in the Montana FCCLA that I would like to recognize are Garrett Christiaens of Valier, Montana, who was just made the new National Vice President of Programs, and Mariah Pierce, Katlyn Gillen, and Loren Minnick— three Park High School students who not only took first place at the FCCLA state competition, but also went on to win gold medals at the national level. 

      The Montana FCCLA has approximately 70 chapters across the state, and is part of the Family and Consumer Sciences curriculum offered in over 100 of Montana’s high schools.  Members of these chapters actively work to make a difference in their families, careers, and communities. I had the opportunity to meet a group of these students last month during their national conference, and I was impressed by their work ethic and dedication to those around them.  Their success at the National Leadership Conference affirms that they are indeed making a difference and demonstrates how Montana students can effectively rise to meet both local and national challenges.