Competitive Events

Involvement in FCCLA's Competitive Events programs offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life necessary in families, communities, and workplaces. Members can demonstrate family and consumer sciences skills, career skills, and interpersonal skills through the following competitive events:


Competitive Events Guide and Related Resources


The 2017-2018 Competitive Events Guide will be available on the Resources tab of the FCCLA Portal.  This document will be available until November 1 to all FCCLA chapters, but only affiliated chapters will have access after November 1. 


The guide contains information on the following competitive events:

  • FCCLA/Knowledge Matters Virtual Business Challenge – Personal Finance
  • FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl
  • Skill Demonstration Events
  • STAR Events


All resources and templates are available for members on the STAR Events Resources page on the national FCCLA website. 




FCCLA/Knowledge Matters Virtual Business Challenge

- Personal Finance


The FCCLA Virtual Business Challenge-Personal Finance contest encourages FCCLA members to test their skills in personal finance. This competition is a free event for affiliated FCCLA members. Participating members utilize a competition version of the Virtual Business – Personal Finance classroom software.

The FCCLA Virtual Business Challenge consists of two competition rounds. Registration begins October 10, 2017. Round One will begin on October 24, 2017 at 10AM EST and will end on November 17, 2017 at 5PM EST. Round Two will begin on February 5, 2018 at 10AM EST and will end on March 2, 2018, at 5PM EST. Teams may participate in one or both rounds. The National Championship Round will be held online from March 26, 2018 – April 6, 2018 and will only be open to qualifying teams.

The Challenge will focus upon different concepts found within the simulation. FCCLA members will not be able to control every concept, and are only able to manipulate the actions enabled for that specific Challenge. All other concepts will be set adequately and controlled for the teams. Assignments explaining Challenge goals and objectives will be available within the competition files.

The Challenge competition file will only be available from the dates as listed above. Participants may run through the competition files as many times as they wish during the competition period. The competition file is complete once teams have run the file for two virtual years. At this point, the team's score will be automatically submitted to the Knowledge Matters' website.

After uploading a score, teams may visit the ranking’s page in order to see where they rank nationally and by state. Teams may upload as many scores as they wish because Knowledge Matters will always rank teams based upon their best score. At the completion of each challenge, the top nationally ranked teams will receive website recognition. Top teams from each challenge will compete in a final online round. The winning teams of the National Championship Round Challenge will receive National Leadership Conference travel awards of $1000 (1st place), $500 (2nd place) and $250 (3rd place) to attend the National Leadership Conference and participate in the Knowledge Matters exhibit to demonstrate the simulation and assist with simulation demonstrations.

The Challenge will start at 10:00AM EST on the start date for each round. No score submission will be accepted after 5:00PM EST on the last day of the Challenge round. Each file is time and date stamped upon receipt for validation. Files will be automatically scored, ranked and posted under the ranking’s page.


FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl

The FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl is a three-level, team competition that challenges students' knowledge of all aspects of:

  • Personal Finance
  • Consumer Rights and Responsibilities (to include Family, Career & Community Studies)
  • Technology (to include Fashion & Housing Design)
  • Health & Safety (to include Food Science & Nutrition and Early Childhood & Human Development)
  • Environment (to include Hospitality, Tourism & Recreation)
  • FCCLA Knowledge


This event is co-sponsored by FCCLA and LifeSmarts. Visit to register your team for competition!




Skill Demonstration Events

Skill Demonstration Events provide opportunities for members to demonstrate college and career-ready skills in family and consumer sciences and related occupations.


STAR Events

STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) recognize members for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. STAR Events offer individual skill development and application of learning through the following activities-

  • Cooperative - teams work to accomplish specific goals
  • Individualized - members work alone to accomplish specific goals
  • Competitive - individual or team performance measured by an established set of criteria


Competitive Events Advisory Team

FCCLA's Competitive Events program continues to improve, innovate and grow thanks to the many suggestions from advisers, members, and state associations. Members of the Competitive Events Advisory Team (CEAT) and Culinary Arts Advisory Council provide guidance to the program. State advisers, chapter advisers and members interested in serving on CEAT are encouraged to complete a CEAT nomination form.

  • Kris Brockhoft (South Dakota – State Adviser) will serve as assistant lead
  • Caroline Caldwell (Texas – Vice President of Competitive Events
  • Reeca Carver (Kentucky - State Adviser) will be past lead
  • Sandy Combs (Oklahoma – Chapter Adviser)
  • Karin Davis (Oklahoma – Board of Directors)
  • Mary Jo Kohl (Ohio – State Adviser) will be lead coordinator
  • Kyle Sorbe (South Dakota – Chapter Member)
  • Megan Scott (Georgia – Chapter Adviser)
  • Shyamala Subramanian (New Jersey – Past Vice President of Competitive Events)
  • William Wilton (Nebraska – Chapter Member)


2018 CEAT Nomination Form

2018 STAR Events National Volunteer Award Nomination Form



STAR Events and Skill Demonstration Events National Standards and Initiatives Crosswalk

This document crosswalks each STAR Event and Skill Demonstration Event to the National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences, Common Career Technical Core Career Ready Practices, Career Clusters, 21st Century Skills, and the FCCLA National Programs.

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