By Makayla Hendricks, Utah FCCLA President
This year, the FCCLA National Leadership Conference was long anticipated. The excitement level of members as we boarded an early morning flight was unexplainable. As we arrived in San Antonio, Texas the afternoon of Saturday, July 5 we couldn’t get enough of the beautiful green trees, wide open spaces, not to mention the humidity. We could tell this was going to be a week to remember.
As our hyper, yet exhausted, members met that night for our state meeting. We discussed the week, registration, rules, and played a few entertaining games. Sunday brought Leadership Academy classes for some, and others got to explore the sights and sounds of San Antonio. Leadership Academy continued throughout the week. This is where state officers learned valuable leadership skills, gained ideas, and networked with other state officers.
Monday night brought our opening session. The entire room in the convention center was like a fish bowl of excitement and energy. I, as president, was given the privilege to carry Utah’s flag during the flag ceremony. Walking across that stage and feeling the energy, and hearing my members go crazy was definitely the best feeling. We heard from a keynote speaker who motivated us all and set the stage for the week.
I got the privilege to be a voting delegate and meet 20 of the National Officer Candidates. Being able to be a part of this process was quite a learning experience for me. I was able to go through a meet and greet session with all of them, as well as listen to their speeches. I have confidence that the newly elected national officers will do a fantastic job.
The closing session was bittersweet. The energy was high, but none of us wanted to leave. Following the session some members attended the gala and had the time of their lives. From competing in STAR Events to walking across the stage to receive a medal, to trading pins and meeting friends from all over the U.S., to taking selfies with these new friends, Nationals was a blast! We all learned how to SOAR and found the motivation to take a stand and lead. I miss my FCCLA Family, but Nationals 2014 in San Antonio, Texas was definitely one for the books.
If you’re interested in becoming a member of Utah FCCLA contact the FCCLA adviser in your school.