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Bolingbrook High School grad takes first at national fashion competition

Published: Monday, July 22, 2013 12:00 p.m. CDT

BOLINGBROOK – Bolingbrook High School’s Phoebe Mondala is a national champion.

The BHS Class of 2013 graduate tied for first place in the Fashion Construction category at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America National Conference in Nashville July 7.

Mondala, who earned the right to be Illinois’ FCCLA Ambassador to the National Conference by earning a Gold Medal in Fashion Construction at the state level, scored 99.66 out of a possible 100 in the national competition by making an outfit, creating a storyboard about the process, designing a display, and going through a rigorous interview.

“The competition required her to show her skills not only in fashion design but also in fashion merchandising,” said Debra Taylor, who serves as FCCLA advisor at Bolingbrook High School. “She is a wonderful young lady and worked very hard.”

Participants in FCCLA are required to have taken Family and Consumer Science classes at Bolingbrook High School. The required classes include Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Foods & Nutrition, Culinary, Child Development, Orientation to Food service Careers, Orientation to Child Care Occupations and Consumer Economics.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences education in public and private school through grade 12. FCCLA is the only national Career and Technical Student Organization with the family as its central focus.

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