By Brenna Horton, Utah FCCLA 1st Vice President
Last month, the 2016 FCCLA National Leadership Conference (NLC) was held in San Diego, California. With the conference theme of “Empower,” it truly was “empowering” to meet new people and share their love of FCCLA. Every year, FCCLA student members have the amazing opportunity to attend NLC and experience the strength they share with thousands of their peers across the United States.
The conference kicked off with Josh Shipp as the keynote speaker, who inspired FCCLA members to expand their leadership potential and reach beyond themselves to help others. The conference continued with 208 Utah FCCLA student members and 86 Utah FCCLA advisers/chaperones attending dynamic workshops and break-out sessions, participating in STAR Events, meeting new people and expanding their leadership potential. Those members who attended the business session, or participated as a voting delegate, increased their knowledge of parliamentary procedure and the governance of National FCCLA. Many members took advantage of career exploration opportunities through the special tours offered at surrounding colleges or interactive booths at the FCCLA Expo.
Utah had 187 student members participate in 130 different events. Of these students, 185 were medalists—65 receiving gold medals, 84 receiving silver medals, and 38 receiving bronze medals.
Utah FCCLA Educator Awards:
- FCCLA National Star Event Volunteer Award
- Diane Cluff, Provo High School
- FCCLA National Spirit of Advising Award
- Aubrey Turnbow, Bingham High School
- FCCLA National Master Adviser Award
- Sandy Kezerian, Orem High School
- Jana Pendleton, Herriman High School
- Janet Stolworthy, Box Elder High School
- Shauna Young, Jordan High School
- National Adviser Mentor Award
- Susan Heller, Helper Middle School
- Christine Katsilas from Taylorsville High
Great memories were made at the various tourist attractions in San Diego, including Coronado Island, Old Town, the Midway, San Diego Zoo, and Balboa Park. New connections were made and lasting connections were made stronger, as members spent the week with their chapter and advisers. FCCLA has provided its members with invaluable experiences like this to help them recognize the leader inside of them, and have hope for a better future—a future that they can create today.