STAR Events

Students Taking Action with Recognition

STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills and occupational preparation. STAR Events offers individual skill development through the following: Cooperative--teams work to accomplish specific goals; individualized--members work alone to accomplish specific goals; and competitive--individual or team performance measured by an established set of criteria.

When competing in STAR Events, members and advisers need to check several sources.

1. Use the current National FCCLA Competitive Events Guide for STAR Events which advance to national competition. The Guide is available on the national website through the chapter affiliation portal.

2. Check the Resources for each STAR Events on the National STAR Events Resource page and in the affiliation portal>resources>competitive events. This is a good resource for tips about event rubrics.

3. Use the PA State STAR Events Guide for events that only compete in Pennsylvania. The guide is updated each year. Please ensure that STAR Event participants are prepared for competition utilizing this updated resource.

4. Check for updates on the STAR Events Updates page. This provides yearly information such as themes, menus, equipment lists, etc.

5. Check the FCCLA Competition Flow Chart to understand when and where competitions begin and end, along with deadlines.

6. Show the video "Follow the Rubric to Gold" to your members. It talks about how to use the rubric and planning process for STAR Events.

7. Several STAR Events require information about FCS standards. Use the Cross-Walking STAR Events to align projects with National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences.

8. STAR Events Demonstration Videos. During the 2013 National Leadership Conference, 48 STAR Events demonstrations were videotaped and are available on YouTube and SchoolTube channels. Please note that the contents of the videos may or may not meet the requirements of the events as outlined in the current Competitive Events Guide.

Pennsylvania Competitive Events Advisory Team (CEAT) Policies:

1. National Team from Pennsylvania - Chapter members/teams must earn a minimum score of 75 points to be named to represent Pennsylvania FCCLA on the national team.

2. STAR Events substitutions are allowed for the PA FCCLA State Leadership Conference according to the following guidelines:

    • The chapter member must be an affiliated FCCLA member on the state and national level by the Pennsylvania affiliation deadline.
    • The chapter member must be registered for State Leadership Conference by the deadline posted on the state website.
    • The chapter member must be registered in a STAR Event by the deadline posted on the state website.
    • The chapter member must meet the criteria, as stated in the Competitive Events Guide, for participation in the specific event.
  • Substitutions must be made no later than one week prior to the first day of State Leadership Conference but may be denied due to availability of time slot or table space.
  • Substitutions are made by emailing the STAR Events Substitution Request Form to the State Facilitator and During email conversations always use the "reply to all" feature.

3. Chapter Participation in STAR Events

All STAR Events (except PA State STAR Events) follow the rules and guidelines in the National FCCLA Competitive Events Guide. When referring to the national guide, please follow the guidelines below:

    • Statements in the FCCLA National Competitive Events Guide referring to "STATE" participation in an event/category translate to "CHAPTER" participation on the state level, with the following exceptions:
  • Multiple entries from a chapter in an event category will not be allowed. When determining participation in STAR Events at the PA State Leadership Conference, only one entry per chapter per event category will be accepted.
    • If you have any questions regarding participation, please contact the STAR Events Coordination Team.

4. STAR Events participants are required to register for and attend the full conference.

5. Chapter Volunteers for STAR Events: Chapters are required to provide one evaluator, lead consultant, and /or room consultant for every 6 STAR Events participants, adding 1 additional volunteer for numbers within increments of 6.

  • Chapter advisers and retired chapter advisers may serve as lead consultants.
  • Advisers and assistants may serve as room consultants.
    • Students may serve as STAR Events helpers or timekeepers. Students who are volunteering to assist with STAR Events will be assigned a volunteer time that does not conflict with their competition time. However, students may not get an assignment if student spots are filled.
  • Administrators, parents, alumni, and business representatives may serve as evaluators.
  • All volunteers that chapters can provide are appreciated and needed.

6. Cell phones and any other electronic equipment, including Apple watches and other devices with text capacity, are not permitted at STAR Events unless they are a part of a presentation and in airplane mode. Any electronic equipment found with the student will be immediately surrendered by the student until the event has been completed. The student will be disqualified from the event.

7. Team Definitions:

  • Team events may have one, two, or three participants from the same chapter, with the exception of Parliamentary Procedure, which may have four to eight participants from the same chapter.
  • Events with three categories (Level 1, Level 2, Level 3), a team may be composed of members from different levels, but must compete at the category level of the team member in the highest grade.
  • Events with only two categories (Level 2 and Level 3) may not include members through grade 8.
  • Events with only one category (Level 3) may not include members through grade 10.
  • Other information on the definition of a team can be found in the Competitive Events Guide.

Pennsylvania Hotline for STAR Events:

If you have questions or concerns about STAR Events, please contact the STAR Events Coordination Team: rgreene


Thank you to all advisers, administrators, parents, and students who assisted with STAR Events at State Leadership Conference. STAR Events are successful because of all the wonderful volunteers who give their time during the conference. Here are comments from the members:

    • STAR Events were an amazing experience!
    • FCCLA is the thing I look forward to the most every year!
    • I gained a feeling of unity and pride in FCCLA.
    • I feel participating in a STAR Event allowed me to grow and break out of my comfort zone.
    • My STAR Events project gave me the opportunity to help teens with a very serious issue.

List of STAR Events:

  • Baking and Pastry
  • Career Investigation
  • Chapter in Review Display
  • Chapter in Review Portfolio
  • Chapter Service Project Display
  • Chapter Service Project Portfolio
  • Culinary Arts
  • Culinary Math Management
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management
  • Fashion Construction
  • Fashion Design
  • Focus on Children
  • Food Innovations
  • Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation
  • Interior Design
  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Job Interview
  • Leadership
  • National Programs in Action
  • Nutrition and Wellness
  • Parliamentary Procedure
  • Professional Presentation
  • Promote and Publicize FCCLA!
  • Public Policy Advocate
  • Repurpose and Redesign
  • Say Yes to FCS Education
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sustainability Challenge
  • Teach and Train

Online STAR Events:

    • FCCLA Chapter Website
    • Digital Stories for Change
    • Instructional Video Design

Pennsylvania State STAR Events:

  • PA Cake Decorating
    • PA Culinary Arts (Rubrics specific to PA FCCLA)
  • PA Food Art
  • PA Food & Beverage Service
  • PA Knife Skills
  • PA Menu Planning

To compete in STAR Events at PA State Leadership Conference, members must have FCCLA national and state dues paid to FCCLA national headquarters by December 15th.

Information for STAR Events Evaluators:

Evaluation teams are composed of adults who are selected for their expertise in a specific event area. Business and Industry provide some of the evaluators. All volunteer evaluators are greatly appreciated. If you want to volunteer to evaluate, contact Mrs. Nadine Standley at More details about becoming an evaluator are attached below.

Competitive Events Advisory Team (CEAT)

The PA CEAT committee is to serve as a support system for the PA FCCLA STAR Events Program. This support includes being knowledgeable about both state and national STAR Events, assisting with STAR Events at the State Leadership Conference, and providing direction for the future of STAR Events. Positions on the CEAT Committee are available. For more information on the CEAT Team, please download the attached PA CEAT Team Guidelines and the CEAT application.