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by Mark Cheffey
Mallory Sublette will be competing this summer on the national level in FCCLA, but has, in reality, been preparing for it for years.
Sublette, a PHS junior, took first place at state in the Students Taking Action Star Event and will be competing at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in San Diego, Calif. June 29 through July 1.
“I’m super excited,” said Sublette of the trip. “I’ve never been to California before and I’ve always wanted to go there.
She hopes to go to college out there.
Her mother will also go with her, serving as her sponsor, and while out there, not only take part in the conference and competition, but also see some of the sights and scout out possible future plans.
Sublette wants to further her education in California and plans to visit some campuses in the area with an eye on going to college on the west coast.
“So this is going to be an adventure,” Sublette said.
Sublette has literally been giving her presentation to groups all around the area for sometime and is well-prepared to
give her 1 to 10 minute presentation during the national competition.
“Normally I take all the 10 minutes,” said Sublette, whose program focuses on all aspects of wellness, including physical, mental, emotional and social.
Her presentation also concentrates on the need for educating educators about mental health.
“There is no education rightnow for incoming and existing teachers about mental health,” Sublette said in noting her desire to provide a guide for educators that includes a check list for elementary and middle school teachers to use everyday, to evaluate their students.
“It’s so teachers can know what’s going on in their students’ lives and not do it out loud,” Sublette said.
Her program has caught the attention of many in the region, and she has now given it in over 30 classrooms in Missouri and Illinois, as well as many civic and church groups.
Most recently she gave her presentation during a meeting of the Maple Lawn Nursing Home Auxiliary.
“Wellness is not confined to one age group,” Sublette said.
She’s also been featured on local television news as well.
“It’s gratifying, and I’m very happy about it,” she said of her chance to bring wellness more notice.
Sublette said it grew out of her own experiences growing up and even finding herself “in a hole” and in need of help. Focusing on wellness, she said, helped her come out of that hole and has been helping her ever since.
“I learn more about myself all the time,” Sublette said. “Wellness is something that never stops all through your life. It’s also something you always work toward.”
Her mantra, which she speaks on wherever she goes, is “to do well, you must be well.”
Sublette has also been able to use the platform she has received through participating in scholarship pageants.
In fact, her busy summer will include competing as Miss Flower City’s Outstanding Teen in the Miss Missouri Pageant, June 15-18, in Mexico, Mo.
Sublette and the PHS FCCLA are in the middle of fundraising for the total cost of her trip to nationals.
One of the fundraisers is selling chances to win a Kansas City Chiefs football helmet signed by Patrick Mahomes, a major draw for Chiefs fans in the area.
A drawing is set for June 1, but Sublette said she anticipates it will be moved up as the 250 tickets sell out.
“We’ve had a spurt of interest in the tickets already,” said Sublette, who was able to get the fully authenticated autographed helmet through a friend of a friend of the family.
“Which is really amazing, and I’m so grateful,” Sublette said.
She is also hosting her fourth Crown and Sash Dash 5K Walk/Run June 5 in Flower City Park.
In the past she has held the event to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network, but this year she’s raising funds for her trip.
“I want to represent the entire community,” she said of her trip.
Persons interested in purchasing raffle tickets or entering the walk/run, can do so through her social media platforms, including Facebook and Instagram.