Aynor High School students take home the gold

Published: May. 24, 2011 at 10:30 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 6, 2011 at 12:31 PM EDT
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By Chandi Lowry - bio | email

AYNOR, SC (WMBF)- Aynor High School junior Antanise Lewis and senior Katrina Miller took first place at the South Carolina Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competition held in Columbia, SC.

The pair received a gold award for their project on children and were given a near perfect score of 99.6 out of a 100, qualifying them to attend the National FCCLA Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California in July. They became the first Aynor High students to do so in a decade

The girls were inspired by an 11-year-old girl named Sydney Levy who was close to losing her life because her parents had no idea she was suffering with diabetes.

She pricks her finger with a needle at least six times a day, just to stay alive.

Her father Joe Levy is a bus driver for Horry County Schools and told his daughter's story of survival to Miller.

Touched by Sydney, Miller and Lewis embarked on a journey to make sure kids and adults understand the importance of eating healthy.

Through FCCLA, members learn and develop skills that will prepare young men and women for different roles in society while also teaching them how to grow and become well-rounded individuals.

There are over 6,500 FCCLA chapters in 50 states, consisting of 205,000 members.

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