Julian Hughes a member of the Chillicothe FCCLA chapter placed 2nd out of 25 participants in the Recycle and Redesign Occupational event at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

A Southwest High School student has received a gold medal at a recent national conference in only her first year of competition.

Julian Hughes a member of the Chillicothe FCCLA chapter placed 2nd out of 25 participants in the Recycle and Redesign Occupational event at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif. Hughes is a student at Grand River Technical School.

Julian’s mother, Amber Hughes, says Julian’s focus for her contest project was Assembly Bill #1884 that the governor of California passed concerning the use of single-use plastic straws in restaurants. So she designed the bodice of a dress out of plastic straws. Then, an always

abundant item, Walmart bags, were reused for the bottom of the dress. She filled the bags with packing pillows like those found in shipping packages.

“Julian has always wanted to go into fashion. From kindergarten on, she’s always had ‘fashion designer’ as one of her top professions. She’s decided to take on the business and advertising side of fashion in her education. She applied to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising as a junior through their Junior Advantage path, just to see if she could get in. So, in addition to her application, she had to gather letters of recommendation, write an entrance essay, put together a portfolio of her artwork, and have a phone interview with the admissions director. She has been granted early acceptance so now her focus is GPA and securing scholarships,” added Amber.

Janice Shaffer and Kristi Christy were the director and advisor for the FCCLA of Chillicothe.