Last month, Utah FCCLA student members traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the 2015 FCCLA National Leadership Conference. With the theme of “Together We Are Healthy”, 211 students and 92 advisers/chaperones from Utah attended dynamic workshops and break-out sessions, participated in STAR Events, met new people and expanded their leadership potential. At the conference members networked with their peers from across the country as they competed in STAR Events.
STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. Utah student members competed with a high level of skill and preparation in each event, with 211 participating in 32 different events. Of these students 171 were medalists with 74 receiving gold medals, 85 receiving silver medals, and 12 receiving bronze medals. HERE is the list of medalists.
Congratulations to McKayla Hendricks, from Bountiful High School, who was selected as a National FCCLA Officer. She will serve as the Vice President of Public Relations on the National Executive Council.
Antoinette Dee, Monument Valley High School; Camille Hicks, Riverton High School; Charri Jensen, Corner Canyon High School; Denise Dewsnup, Delta High School; Jean Manuela, Pleasant Grove Jr. High School; Laurie Hansen, Salem Hills High School; Sandy Hopkins, Timpanogos High School; Sherry Heaps, Payson High School and Susan Smith, Grantsville High School.
“I am proud of our students and advisers/chaperones as they represented Utah in a very professional way. Many thanks to the all those that made this an incredible experience,” said Nikki Sue Larkin, Utah FCCLA State Adviser.
Kandace Alvey, Utah FCCLA Vice President of Social Media, tells UtahCTE.org about the 2015 FCCLA National Leadership Conference.
Q: What was your favorite part about the conference?
A: My favorite part about the 2015 FCCLA National Leadership Conference was the network of determined youth. When I came in contact with all of the state officers and members from around the country it put me in awe of what they have accomplished. It is amazing what can happen when 3,000 members connect through a single conference. The outcome of this is a ginormous network of amazing people that advocate for FCCLA.
Q: What impacted you the most about the conference?
A: The one thing that impacted me the most was when I had the opportunity to reach out to members and help them in any way that I could. Before I was an FCCLA state officer it was the best part of my day when someone would reach out to me and help me, and now I can be on the other side. While at nationals I learned how much FCCLA can help youth now and in the future.
Q: What verbal feedback have you received from those who attended the conference?
A: An advisor said, “For me and my students NLC was amazing! I was able to see my students super excited as they achieved. I loved that they were able to experience FCCLA at the national level and see just how big our organization really is. Besides sightseeing, our favorite part was all of the times the whole delegation was together. It was a great conference! After we got back, one of my students let me know that it was the highlight and best week of the summer for her and I’d have to say that I agree!”
A student from my chapter stated, “My favorite part of NLC was getting to know other members of FCCLA. I created relationships that helped me gain more confidence. I also enjoyed gaining more leadership experience through the STAR Events program. It is a skill that will greatly benefit me in my life. I greatly enjoyed NLC, and I hope to be able to participate next year!”