July 8th, 2016 –More than 8,000 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country gathered in San Diego, California for the 2016 National Leadership Conference. The meeting provided Issaquah High School and Liberty High School members with the opportunity to attend leadership and program training, hear national speakers, meet the National Executive Council, explore colleges and careers, and impact a city with FCCLA power. Jackie Stephens at Issaquah High School and Nicole Winters at Liberty High School, were among the members and took part in STAR Event competitions at the conference.
FCCLA’s STAR Events are based on the belief that every student is a winner. Competition, evaluation, and recognition all stress cooperation as the basis of success. Both youth and adults work together to manage the events and serve as evaluators of the participants. FCCLA programs and competitions enrich student learning, improve self-esteem, and serve students with a range of ability levels, economic situations, and cultural influences.
“In reflection on doing a STAR Event and going to Nationals, I am now appreciating it more than I did before and am now realizing what a big deal and huge accomplishment it is. I am going to do a STAR Event again next year.” Jackie Stephens- IHS.
FCCLA offers over 30 STAR [Students Taking Action with Recognition] Events. Members compete at the District, State and National level. This year, Jackie Stephens and Nicole Winters were among over 4,500 STAR Event participants who competed in San Diego, CA. Jackie Stephens (IHS) competed in the Career Investigation. Her project focused on what it takes to become an OB-GYN. Jackie received a gold medal in the event. Nicole Winters (LHS) competed in Illustrated Talk. Her project focused on the benefits of cloth diapers. Nicole received a silver medal in the event.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), 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 more than 160,000 members and more than 5,400 chapters from 48 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 careers that support families as it’s central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in families, careers, and communities.
For more information on FCCLA, please contact Sarah Orton at 425-837-6072 or firstname.lastname@example.org