FCCLA national conference

Jocelyn Hylton (front row from left), Hannah Weiler, Alli Beard, Katelynn Osman, Natalie Klei, Maria Deddens, Hayley Lewis; (back row) adviser Brenda Osman, Maddie Zurweller, Meghan Sierra, Avery Daniels, Maycey Lewis, Madison Miller, Josie Volpenhein, Mia Klem, Lydia Trabel and Natalie Douthit attended the national conference in California.

East Central High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members were among the more than 8,700 participants who attended the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California. 

From June 30-July 4, attendees from across the country gathered together to attend leadership and program trainings, hear national speakers, meet youth leaders, participate in competitive events and explore college and career options.

Over 4,700 FCCLA members competed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events. These 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. Students develop real world skills participating in STAR Events, reports ECHS FCCLA adviser Brenda Osman. 

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 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 an event, members first compete at the state level. Fifteen ECHS FCCLA members competed in STAR Events at the conference:

  • Maria Deddens, Advocacy Junior Event, importance of not cyberbullying, gold medal;
  • Natalie Klei and Lydia Trabel, Advocacy Senior Event, importance of handwriting, gold medal;
  • Madison Zurweller, Chapter Service Portfolio Junior Event, helping a local animal shelter, silver medal;
  • Maycey Lewis and Avery Daniels, Chapter Service Portfolio Senior Event, “Eat Dinner on Your Family Night,” gold medal;
  • Britney Dole, Chapter Service Portfolio Occupational Event, teaching the importance of dental care to elementary children, silver medal;
  • Katelynn Osman and Natalie Douthit, Chapter in Review Portfolio Occupational Event, gold medal;
  • Jocelyn Hylton, Focus of Children Occupational Event, teaching second-graders about the importance of being kind to others, silver medal; 
  • Mia Klem, Megan Sierra and Josie Volpenhein, National Programs in Action Junior Event, school bus safety, gold medal; and 
  • Lacey Kelly and Madison Miller, promote and publicize FCCLA Senior Event, gold medal. 

In addition, 11 members were among the top finishers in the nation for their events: 

  • Deddens, Douthit and Osman, placed second;
  • Klem, Sierra and Volpenhein, fourth;
  • Klei, Trabel, Kelly and Miller, sixth; and 
  • Dole, seventh.  

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 ECHS were among the top advancing national qualifying teams, finishing sixth. 

Through this 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. It is held annually at FCCLA’s National Leadership Conference in partnership with National Consumers League.

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.

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