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 2018-2019 Competitive Events Guide is available on the Resources tab of the FCCLA Portal.  


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. 




Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is pleased to provide a comprehensive Competitive Events Guide for use by staff, state and chapter advisers, and members.


FCCLA’s competitive events offer the following annual activities:


  • FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl is a three-level, team competition that challenges students’ knowledge of all aspects of Family and Consumer Sciences and FCCLA.
  • The Knowledge Matters FCCLA Virtual Business Challenge - Personal Finance contest encourages members to test their skills in personal finance, using a competition version of the Virtual Business – Personal Finance classroom software.
  • Skill Demonstration Events provide opportunities for members to demonstrate college and career-ready skills in Family and Consumer Sciences and related occupations. Competitions take place at National Cluster Meetings.
  • 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 cooperative, individualized, and competitive activities.


Competitive events promote the FCCLA Mission to focus on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner, and community leader. Each event and activity is designed to help members develop specific lifetime skills in character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation.

Competitive events provide additional opportunities to showcase college and career-ready knowledge, skills and abilities; promote the FCCLA chapter as an integral part of the Family and Consumer Sciences education program; and to connect with peers and the community.



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)
  • Caroline Caldwell (Texas – Past Vice President of Competitive Events)
  • Sandy Combs (Oklahoma – Chapter Adviser)
  • Cecilia Gray (Arkansas - Chapter Adviser)
  • Mary Jo Kohl (Ohio – State Adviser)
  • Kiran Kumaranayakam (New Jersey - Vice President of Competitive Events)
  • Shannon Roberts (Kentucky - Board of Directors)
  • Nikki Sue Larkin (Utah - State Adviser)
  • William Wilton (Nebraska – Chapter Member)

2019 CEAT Nomination Form

2019 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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