HOSA, FCCLA and Culinary advance to Nationals

Madi Carley

This past month as been a successful one for Cedar Park as three clubs advanced to Nationals.

On April 19-20, HOSA travelled to Galveston for the State Leadership Conference. All three teams ranked in the top five. FCCLA competed in Corpus Christi on Feb. 1-2 and won first place, which included three freshmen. Culinary placed first in their completion on Feb 1-2. All clubs will be advancing to Nationals this July in Tennessee.

Junior Connie Zhao of the Creative Problem Solving team that placed fourth in the last competition.

“It was our first time competing in that particular challenge, so I had no idea if we were going to do well or not,” Zhao said. “I am very thankful of getting fourth in state.”

Another member from HOSA, senior Alivia Martin, placed second with the Community Response team and will be moving onto nationals.

“It’s so weird to think that we’re the second best team in the state of Texas,” Martin said. “It’s such an honor to go to a nationwide competition and be able to represent Texas, I’m so excited to see what’s in store.”

Ending the weekend, HOSA brought home not only second and fourth, but also first place.

“When I heard our name called for first place, I began to hug my team members and cry,” junior Nina Hoyt said. “I felt accomplished because all of our effort, time and hard work paid off.”

Culinary crushed the team that won three years in a row.

“It was a really big surprise to win, we honestly weren’t expecting to,” junior Madison Meehan said.

The culinary team will also be traveling to Tennessee to compete in nationals.

“I’m looking forward to competing,” senior Natalie Van Note said. “Also just seeing and experiencing Nashville.”

This was the first year Culinary competed in FCCLA, who will be joining HOSA and FCCLA in Tennessee and was the first year that an all freshmen team has made it to nationals in Cedar Park history.

“I’m really proud of my team and we can’t wait until July,” freshmen Lauren Hanson said. “I’m very much looking forward to meeting people from all over the U.S.”