NLC Competitive Events

All Competitive Events (STAR Events and the FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl) are taking place in person at the 2022 National Leadership Conference in San Diego, CA. For event-specific information, please review the 2021-2022 Competitive Events Guide located in the FCCLA Portal under Resources.

Chapter advisers and members can volunteer to assist with these events by completing the volunteer sign-up process as part of their 2022 NLC registration in the FCCLA Portal.

Because STAR Events operates on a limited budget, unpaid volunteers are essential. State associations are responsible for providing one (1) evaluator and/or room consultant for every three (3) event participants. Evaluation teams consisting of members, advisers, and business and industry professionals will be assigned representing different FCCLA regions.

Alumni & Associates members, business and industry partners, community members, school administrators, state education staff, and postsecondary FCS education students are encouraged to volunteer to assist with these events. Please view the Volunteer Information tab for more information.

For all questions related to National Competitive Events, please email or call (703) 476-4900.

2022 National Leadership Conference
Competitive Event Shipping Information

All STAR Event competitions for FCCLA’s 2022 National Leadership Conference (NLC) will take place at the San Diego Convention Center, with the exception of Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry.

All NLC Hotels are located within walking distance (less than a mile) of the San Diego Convention Center. If your project is heavy, large, or difficult to carry, be sure to allow plenty of time to arrive at your scheduled competition time. Attendees may ship packages to themselves at their assigned hotel. 

Please email for any questions related to shipping your Competitive Event materials. For all other Competitive Event questions, please email

2022 National Leadership Conference
Competitive Event Dates and Deadlines

May 4, 2022

  • STAR Events Registration ends for states with state meetings prior to April 25

May 9, 2022

  • Online testing window opens for Culinary Math Management and Parliamentary Procedure

May 18, 2022

  • STAR Events Registration ends for states with state meetings on or after April 25

May 20, 2022

  • Online testing window closes for Culinary Math Management and Parliamentary Procedure

May 31, 2022

  • Membership affiliation submitted online and payment received deadline

June 1, 2022

  • STAR Events Substitutions Deadline

June 1 – 15, 2022

  • Event locations, tentative competition schedule, and logistical information for STAR participants are posted in the FCCLA Portal

June 1 – 27, 2022

  • Online Orientation Session viewing

June 28 – 29, 2022

  • Baking and Pastry Competition

June 30 – July 1, 2022

  • Culinary Arts Competition

June 30, 2022

  • FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl
  • STAR Events Competing:
    • Chapter in Review
    • Chapter Service
    • Culinary Math Management
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Event Management
    • Fashion Design
    • FCCLA Chapter Website
    • Focus on Children
    • Job Interview
    • National Programs in Action
    • Parliamentary Procedure
    • Public Policy Advocate
    • Say Yes to FCS Education

July 1, 2022

  • STAR Events Competing:
    • Career Investigation
    • Digital Stories for Change
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Fashion Construction
    • Food Innovations
    • Hospitality-Tourism-Recreation
    • Instructional Video Design
    • Interior Design
    • Interpersonal Communications
    • Leadership
    • Professional Presentation
    • Nutrition and Wellness
    • Promote and Publicize FCCLA!
    • Repurpose and Redesign
    • Sports Nutrition
    • Sustainability Challenge
    • Teach and Train

July 2, 2022

  • American Culinary Federation Exams for Baking & Pastry and Culinary Arts (pre-register only)

July 3, 2022

  • Competitive Events National Finalist Recognition Session

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