From STAFF REPORTS
Eleven David Crockett FCCLA members ventured to Anaheim, California from June 27-July 5 to attend the National Leadership Conference for the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). The students competed at the National Level in five different STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition). The students were awarded with the following medals:
• Mackenzie Robinette and Micayla Lane in Chapter Service Project Portfolio: Gold and first place in the Southern Region
• Gracie Robinette, Ali Keplinger, and Anthony Ricker in Hospitality, Tourism, & Recreation: Gold and first place in the Southern Region
• Jessie Stuart, Emmalyn Casey, and Kobe Wilcox in Life Event Planning: Gold
• Joey Hopkins in Career Investigation: Gold
• Izabella Strapp and Maddie Beavers in Sports Nutrition: Gold and first place in the Southern Region
Aside from competing, students attending the seven-day conference were immersed in skill-based workshops, Red Talks (similar to TED Talks) from expo participants, and skits by their peers. They watched keynote and guest speakers such as cardboard enthusiast Kyle Scheele, the Dude Be Nice campaign, and various culinary demonstrations.
The student-led conference allows members across The United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to learn important skills for life, compete in community service based events, and meet other FCCLA members from across the country. Over 8,700 students were in attendance, the largest conference yet!
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences education in public and private schools through Grade 12. Everyone is part of a family, and FCCLA is the only national Career and Technical student organization with the family as its central focus. Today over 175,000 members in more than 5,300 chapters are active in a network of associations in 49 states, in addition to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life — planning, goal setting, problem-solving, decision making, and interpersonal communication — that are necessary in the home and workplace.
The David Crockett High School FCCLA had an amazing time at the conference and exploring California. The students are looking forward to bringing back new ideas to their chapter this fall.