FHA-HEROes: Leaders in and out of the House

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At AHS, members of the Future Homemakers Of America-Home Economics Related Occupations (FHA-HERO) club sharpen their career and leadership skills as they explore a variety of home economics-related topics throughout the year, including fashion and cooking.

Adviser and Vocational Education Department Head Julie Eyre assists club members with their topic of interest. On Feb. 22, members displayed what they learned at a regional FHA-HERO competition at John Muir High School, competing in categories such as Apparel Construction and Child Development. Jennifer Arista, Xenna Gallegos, Leslie La, Justine Perales and president Celeste Olmos all placed among the top five in their event, allowing them to progress to the state-level competition on April 25.

“For me, when it comes down to it, I am really really shy but with this club, I learn better public speaking. I broke out of my shell and as president, I can talk to students without being embarrassed,” Olmos said. “It is helpful; I want to be a doctor, and doctors can’t be scared to talk to patients!”

FHA-HERO members look forward to attending a Disney Youth Education Series leadership development program in June. To fundraise for the admission cost, the club hosted the Power 106 basketball game on March 19, in which AHS students played against members of the Power 106 radio station.