Twelve Rome High students recently placed among the state’s best at the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference in Athens. Several of the students earned gold medals for their work with some also earning a spot at the national conference in Seattle this summer.

Julia Patterson, Esmeralda Pelico-Natividad and Diego Reyes won a gold medal and advanced to nationals for Chapter in Review Display.

Leslie Vicente-Ramos and Kevin Lam won a gold medal and advanced to nationals for Chapter Service Display.

Mariela Crodova won a gold medal and advanced to nationals for Nutrition and Wellness.

Caroline Plant won a gold medal for Professional Presentation, and Cierra Mobbs won a gold medal for Teaching Strategies.

Diego Orellana won first in the state for Knife Skills.

“We are very proud of the hard work and dedication of these students representing Rome High School at the FCCLA Conference,” Rome High Principal Parke Wilkinson said. “They certainly deserve the awards and success they have earned.”