toys 5 14Oak Hill Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chose the Jackson County Dog Pound as a service project. For the second time this year the FCCLA has taken dog collars, blankets and pet toys to the pound.  Thirty-four collars were delivered to aid in adoption of the adorable furry animals living at the pound and looking for homes. Grade Six Life Skills students hand-made pet toys are being enjoyed by the pound puppies as this very moment.

Pictured are Grade Six Life Skills students making pet toys, many were donated to the Jackson County Dog Pound. Front (L-R) Payton Crabtree, Keagan Stevenson, and Logan Hines.  Back rows (L-R) Haley Saxour, Ethan Perry, Peyton Fields, Chase Hammond, Alyssa Gray, and Baylee Howard.

Read more: Second FCCLA Donation

FCCLA dist1The 2013 Gallia, Jackson, Vinton District FCCLA Meeting was held on December 18th at the University of Rio Grande.  This year’s state theme is “FCCLA- Mission Possible.”  Oak Hill was represented by Jeremy Curry as District Competitive Events Chairperson. Over 100 FCCLA members attended from the three county area.

Read more: 2013 District FCCLA Meeting

OpEvergreen007Members of Oak Hill Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) celebrated Christmas early.  In support of US military serving overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait, FCCLA members made Christmas ornaments to be shipped with fresh Ohio grown evergreens.  The early schedule is to ensure the tress and ornaments arrive around the world in time for holiday celebrations.  Yards of garland and dozens of tiny ornaments that also hold messages of support and encouragement from the Oak Hill students were packed.  It is a privilege for advisor, Mrs. Hamilton, and FCCLA members to continue their support of the Ohio Tree Grower’s project Operation Evergreen.

Shown left are participating students (L-R) Lisa Woods, Lucas McGhee, and Brittany Rawlins.

Shown below (L-R) are Chelsea Clutters, Matthew Carpenter, and Kyle Bartram.OpEvergreen005 2

The 2012-2013 Gallia, Jackson, Vinton District FCCLA Meeting was held at the University of Rio Grande Lyne Center. Oak Hill High School was represented by Payton Holsinger as District President.  Miss Holsinger presided over the 250 FCCLA members attending from the three county area by calling the meeting to order and introducing speakers.  "Leadership Ignited" is the 2012-2013 Ohio FCCLA State Theme.

fccla3 group 34Jeff Lanham, Athletic Director for the University of Rio Grande, welcomed the students on behalf of the University of Rio Grande.  Mr. Lanham made a big impression with the students as his short welcome game challenged their attention, acuity skills and, consideration of the future.

Featured speaker Harvey Alston presented "Be The Best."  He emphasized we must maintain the "total package of mental and physical fitness."  Commenting on the mixed message teens see in the media and what they are told to do by parents and teachers.  Mr. Alston told FCCLA members they would have to make hard choices for themselves.  Concluding, they should "Never rest till my good becomes my best!"

Shown above are some of the FCCLA members attending the District Meeting- (Front) Brittany Hunt, Halee Burchett, Chasity Swords, Cassie Boggs, Alexis Byrd (Back) Candice Comer, Peyton Norman (hidden), Anthony Dutton, and Branson Maddy.

The afternoon session was a collection of fitness workshops for students including: Zumba instructor, Deb Adkins, University Fitness Center, Launch with Todd Barlow, fitness challenge by Oak Hill FCCLA Advisor Judy Hamilton, and a walking course.

Tables addressing wellness issues were supplied by Adena Hospital, Fuel Up to Play 60, Holzer Hospital, Launch, and the Vinton County Health Department.

Oak Hill’s "Leadership Ignited" theme poster was designed by Mike Ison.

Members attending were Alissa Bates, Alexis Byrd, Candice Comer, Jeremy Curry, Damian Burton, Johnny Harmon, Branson Maddy, Peyton Norman, Cassie Boggs, Anthony Dutton, Harley Hilderbrant, Payton Holsinger, Katie Hughes, Chasity Swords, Steven Dunnavant, Brittany Hunt, Alicia Skidmore, Dawson Woods, Halee Burchett, Kaycie Little. Oak Hill FCCLA advisor is Mrs. Judy Hamilton.

fccla3 group 12Senior FCCLA member Halee Burchett





fccla3 group 18The human table challenge accepted and conquered by Damian Burton, Jeremy Curry, Johnny Harmon and Anthony Dutton





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Oak Hill Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), OHHS Science Committee and United Commercial Travelers of America (UCT), Council 380 participated in One Million Pillow Case Challenge for the second year.  Suggested by American Patchwork & Quilting, we accepted the challenge to help reach the goal of donating one million pillowcases to local charities. At this time 468,578 cases have been donated.  Many charities can benefit from the donation of a pillowcase and the challenge allows you the opportunity to donate and make a difference in your community.  Additional information may be obtained at

The local groups chose to donate hand-made pillow cases and teddy bears to Serenity House, a shelter serving victims of domestic violence in Jackson and Gallia Counties.


In addition to the hand-made items, Oak Hill science students under the direction of instructor Tammy Nevil, donated various toiletry items for Serenity House.


Judy Ruth Hamilton, UCT member and FCCLA advisor, along with UCT Fraternal Secretary Ruth Ruth, organized the event.



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