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Submitted photo: East Central High School students participated in the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif. Pictured in the front row, from the left, are: Jocelyn Hylton, Hannah Weiler, Alli Beard, Katelynn Osman, Natalie Klei, Maria Deddens and Hayley Lewis. Back row: Brenda Osman, East Central FCCLA Adviser, Maddie Zurweller, Meghan Sierra, Avery Daniels, Madison Miller, Josie Volpenhein, Mia Klem, Lydia Trabel and Natalie Douthit.

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East Central HS students competed at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)’s National Leadership Conference was held June 30 to July 4 in Anaheim, Calif.

More than 8,700 participants from across the country gathered together to attend leadership and program trainings, hear national speakers, meet youth leaders from across the nation, participate in Competitive Events, and explore college and career options.

Over 4,700 FCCLA members competed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events at NLC. STAR Events are competitive events in which members are recognized for their proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation.

Both youth and adults work together in managing the events and serving as evaluators of the participants. Students develop real world skills participating in STAR Events.   

Events aim to support student development of knowledge and skills by enhancing the classroom experience and career pathway initiatives by equipping students with employable skills and industry insights needed to thrive in the 21st century.

FCCLA members choose what STAR Event they would like to compete in, events vary from Early Childhood Education, Entrepreneurship, and Sports Nutrition to Fashion Design, Job Interview, and Culinary Arts.

In order to advance to the national level in a STAR Event, members first compete at the state level. Fifteen East Central FCCLA members competed in STAR Events at the conference.  Maria Deddens competed in the Advocacy Jr. Event on the importance of not Cyberbullying and received a Gold Medal.  

Competing in the Advocacy Senior Event was Natalie Klei and Lydia Trabel with their project on the importance of handwriting and they received a gold medal. Madison Zurweller competed in Chapter Service Portfolio Jr. event on helping a local animal shelter and received a silver medal.

In the Chapter Service Portfolio Sr. Event reporting on the “Eat Dinner on Your Family Night” event was Maycey Lewis and Avery Daniels and they received a Gold Medal.  Britney Dole received a silver medal on the Chapter Service Portfolio Occupational Event on teaching the importance of Dental Care to elementary children.  Receiving a Gold Medal on the Chapter in Review Portfolio Occupational Event was Katelynn Osman and Natalie Douthit.   

 In the Focus of Children, Occupational Event, Jocelyn Hylton received a Silver Medal on her project that taught Second graders about the importance of being kind to others.  Mia Klem, Megan Sierra and Josie Volpenhein received a Gold Medal on their National Programs in Action, Jr. Event on School Bus Safety.  Receiving a Gold Medal on the Promote and Publicize FCCLA Sr. Event was Lacey Kelly and Madison Miller.

Thirteen teams from eight states competed in the 2019 FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl competition.  Hannah Weiler, Alli Beard, Hayley Lewis, Eva Grimm and Molly Graham from East Central High School were among the top advancing national qualifying teams who competed in the FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl competition. The East Central FCCLA Knowledge Bowl finished sixth in the competition.

Through the FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl competition, members participate in both online and on-site matches. The three-level team competition tests FCCLA members’ knowledge in six content areas: personal finance, consumer rights and responsibilities, technology, health and safety, environment, and FCCLA knowledge.

FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl is held annually at FCCLA’s National Leadership Conference in partnership with National Consumers League. FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl competitors, as well as fellow National Leadership Conference attendees improved their leadership skills, networked with youth from across the country, and were recognized for their hard work and many accomplishments throughout the year.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education.

FCCLA has over 175,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members, and it’s the only career and technical in-school student organization with a central focus on careers that support families.

Participation in national FCCLA programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.


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