STAR Events Finalist
The FCCLA STAR Events Finalist Session is designed to acknowledge and celebrate the exceptional achievements of the top ten (10) national finalists in each STAR Event and level. The top ten (10) national finalists will be brought onstage to be honored for their outstanding performance. During the session, the top three (3) winners of each STAR Event will be announced live on stage, by level, and each winner will receive a plaque in recognition of their hard work, dedication, and remarkable accomplishments.
Please carefully read the information below for more details regarding this session.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will the finalists be notified?
FCCLA will notify all competitors and their chapter advisers of the top ten (10) national finalists via email no later than Tuesday, July 2 at 3:30 PM Pacific Daylight Time. The list of finalists will be organized by STAR Event and alphabetically by chapter name. The list of STAR Event finalists will also be physically posted, published on the official conference app (Whova), and uploaded to the FCCLA website.
When and where do finalists report for the session?
Finalists must report to the holding room in Exhibit Hall 1 between 7:45 AM – 8:15 AM on Wednesday, July 3. Finalists who are not checked in and present in the holding room by 8:15 AM will not be allowed to participate on stage. The session will start promptly at 9:00 AM. FCCLA suggests bringing a snack as finalists will not be permitted to leave the holding room before the session.
What are finalists required to wear?
To ensure smooth check-in for the session, please make sure that you adhere to the official FCCLA dress code. Finalists not meeting the dress code requirements will not be allowed into the holding room. Students who competed in Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastry may wear their official chef attire for the session. Finalists must also remove any lapel or trading pins or officer name badges from their blazers prior to entering the holding room.
Will advisers or family members be allowed into the holding room?
No, only the top ten (10) finalists, Lead Consultants, and National Staff are allowed to enter the holding room.
Can finalists bring personal belongings into the holding room?
Yes, finalists are allowed to bring personal belongings into the holding room, but FCCLA asks that they keep their belongings to a minimum. Finalists are welcome to bring a backpack, which they can keep under their seat while onstage. After coming offstage, finalists will return to the holding room and can retrieve their belongings. However, please note that FCCLA is not responsible for any lost or stolen personal belongings.
Can someone else accept an award in my place if I leave the conference early?
No, if you are a finalist and have left the conference before the session, you cannot send a stand-in to accept the award on your behalf. FCCLA staff will be verifying the names on the badges and the check-in sheet, so only the finalist whose name matches the information will be allowed to enter the holding area and receive the award.
If I am not present and named a top three (3) winner, can I receive my plaque later?
In the event of an absent finalist being named one of the top three (3) winners, their plaque can be shipped to their school at their own expense. Alternatively, state advisers may pick up the plaques after the session and deliver them to the chapters, but they must sign out the plaque. Please note that FCCLA will not be liable for any lost or misplaced plaques after they have been signed out.
Is there a specific order in which the STAR Events will be announced?
The STAR Events will be announced in alphabetical order, and within each event, finalists will be called onstage by level, beginning with Level 1.
Will there be any photography during the session?
Yes, FCCLA will have a photographer at the front of the stage to capture photos of the top three (3) winners as they are announced. These photos will be available on FCCLA's Flickr page within two weeks after the conference.
If I am named a finalist, can my family watch the session remotely?
Yes, your family and friends can purchase a pay-per-view link to watch the session live. Those who purchase a pay-per-view link will be able to watch a recording of the session within 48 hours after the conference. Additionally, family members who are local to Seattle can purchase a session pass to attend the session in-person. These passes can be purchased at the registration desk and will only be available for purchase on the day of the session.