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Bringing Awareness to FCCLA

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Last week, FCCLA chapters across Utah celebrated National FCCLA Week. Read what several chapters did to celebrate.

Orem High School 2Orem High School FCCLA Chapter
“We’ve had a lot of fun this week celebrating and recognizing FCCLA Week at our school. We have been gathering students around one of the TV’s in the commons area to play Kahoot during lunch. We made one for every day and have awarded prizes to those who participate. Each day it teaches a little [something] about one of our FACS classes—interior design, foods, child development, FCCLA, and clothing. It’s so fun and everyone that plays loves it, said Sandy Kezerian, FCCLA Adviser, Orem High School.”

Maple Mountain High SchoolMaple Mountain High School and Payson High School FCCLA Chapters
The FCCLA chapters of Maple Mountain High School and Payson High School joined together to celebrate National FCCLA Week.

Westlake High School FCCLA Chapter
Monday – To kick off the week chapter members handed out Smarties® candies to the student body with a message letting them know that more than half of teens killed in car accidents were not wearing a seatbelt. So, they are “smart” to buckle up and not text while driving.

Tuesday – For “Taffy Tuesday” chapter officers gave red and white taffy to members with the message: “FCCLA is the ultimate leadership experience, focusing on character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communications, practical knowledge, and career preparation. Thank you for being a member.”

Wednesday – For “Waffle Wednesday” members, who wore their chapter shirt, were treated to a waffle during lunch.

Westlake High School - Hide the logo contestThursday – For “Thirsty Thursday” red drinks were available for members with the message: “FCCLA is the only student run organization with family as its focus. FCCLA helps you grow as a leader because of the many service and leadership opportunities. Thank you for supporting FCCLA.”

Friday – FCCLA chapter members asked the student body to wear red. Chapter officers visited classrooms and handed out candy to those students wearing red.

During the week members hid the FCCLA logo throughout the school building and gave out free cinnamon roll coupons to those who found it. “It has been a great week bringing awareness to FCCLA, said Candace Wilson, FCCLA Adviser, Westlake High School. Check out our Facebook page Westlake High School FCCLA-Utah.

FCCLA Week is February 8-14, 2015

Monday, February 9th, 2015

FCCLA%20Week%20Profile%20PictureFamily, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) will join more than 200,000 members in celebrating National FCCLA Week February 8-14, 2015. This year’s theme is “Together We Are United!” in recognition of the many things FCCLA students and advisers represent—both as individuals and as members of their chapters, state associations and the national FCCLA organization—in their families, schools and communities. During National FCCLA Week, members plan and carry out activities to address teen and societal concerns and show how Family and Consumer Sciences education can help them achieve the Ultimate Leadership Experience.

Monday, February 9
Media Blitz – Together We Are Making Headlines!
Hit up social networks and spread the word about what your chapter is up to! Take FCCLA out into the community by approaching local businesses about advocating for FCCLA! Get your whole school involved by advertising what your chapter is doing for FCCLA week!

Tuesday, February 10
Partner Advocacy – Together We Are at the Table!
Share Our Strength. Chapter members are encouraged to budget and prepare a meal for their family. Then as a family, contribute the same amount of money spent on that meal to SOS to enable others to have a healthy meal.

Wednesday, February 11
RED out for FCCLA – Together We Are United!
Wear RED! Showcase friendships made through FCCLA with posters/photos around school as well as in social media; submit photos of as many people wearing red in group shots to demonstrate how FCCLA is “united”.

Thursday, February 12
The Ultimate Throw Back Thursday – Together We Are Making History!
Chapters are encouraged to inundate social media with photos of members and chapter photos from as far back in FCCLA’s 70 year history as possible, all with the hashtag, “ #TUTBT”.

Friday, February 13
Member Recognition – Together We Are FCCLA!
Send thank you notes from advisers and chapter officers to FCCLA members. Recognize chapter members on social media. Set up an “FCCLA members only” photo booth during lunch with props to commemorate FCCLA Week.

National FCCLA Week and CTE Month is a great time to get excited for all that’s to come and all that’s involved with the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America!

It’s never too late to get involved with FCCLA! If you’re not a member of FCCLA, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the FCCLA adviser in your school.

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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 over 200,000 members and over 5,500 chapters from 49 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.

Alexa Hyde: Future Elementary Education Teacher

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Alexa Hyde - in front of school

Alexa Hyde, a student at Sky View High School, recently participated in a CTE Internship at Sunrise Elementary School. During her internship she worked with elementary students while being mentored by elementary education teacher Helen Hellstern. “I enjoyed working with Ms. Hellstern because she is an amazing teacher and has been so helpful in giving me ideas for when I have my own classroom. She put me in charge of responsibilities ranging from the simple task of writing the students names on assessments to teaching my own station,” says Alexa.

Alexa learned a lot from participating in a CTE Internship. The internship provided a real world experience to assist her in making a career decision. “Because of this experience I know for sure that I want to pursue [a career] in elementary education. I have absolutely loved my involvement with the students and have learned so much from them. Every child is so different and unique in their own way, and I have learned how to adjust to meet the need of every child. I’m excited to graduate and head to college where I will be able to take classes that will get me closer to my dream job. I am so thankful for the great experience I have had through the Work-Based Learning program.”



Wesley Carter: Utah FCCLA VP of Development

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Wesley Carter 2Hello Everyone! My name is Wesley Carter and I am the Utah FCCLA Vice President of Development. I am a senior at Pleasant Grove High School and have been a member of FCCLA for two years.

I decided to run for state office only one month after becoming a member and it has been the best decision of my life. Being a state officer has shaped me into the person I am today. I can’t wait to spend another year on the FCCLA state executive committee.

Last year, I participated in the FCCLA STAR Events Focus on Children competition, where my team took gold at the regional competition, gold at the state competition, and bronze at the national competition.

This past year, I competed in the FCCLA STAR Events Applied Math for Culinary Management competition, where I took gold at the regional competition and gold at the state competition. As a result I qualified for my second FCCLA National Leadership Conference!

This year I decided to venture out and try the competitive events of another Career and Technical Student Organization, so I joined FFA and competed in the Food Science Career Development Event. After countless hours of dedication I placed first in the state competition! In addition, my team qualified for nationals, which was a huge accomplishment for me. But no worries, FCCLA will always come first in my life.

Next year, I plan to study at Utah State University and major in Family and Consumer Science Education. My dream is to be a high school Foods/ ProStart teacher and FCCLA Advisor. FCCLA has changed my life. I have become a new person and met so many new friends. I am very grateful for the opportunities I have been given through FCCLA and will never forget it. FCCLA really is The Ultimate Leadership Experience.

Utah FCCLA Hosts National Cluster Meeting

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

By Alesha Hurst Utah FCCLA VP of Public Relations

8117073_origWhether you traveled by bus, plane, car, or train, once you arrived to the National Cluster Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, all jet lag was forgotten as FCCLA members came together for an exciting conference!

Utah FCCLA was pleased to welcome members from Nebraska, Georgia, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Washington, Wyoming, and several other states at the meeting. We became fast friends with the other state associations, which you can definitely see in our social media posts. Several members of the FCCLA National Executive Council came to Utah for this monumental event. Sarah Smith, Connor Jones, Shivani Dhir, Garrhett Petrea, and Jared Gustafson made everyone feel at home by befriending members, taking countless selfies, and putting on hilarious skits to promote FCCLA@TheTable.

Attendees heard from two amazing keynote speakers—Madilyn Paige and Daniel Seddiqui. Both speakers taught us how to be confident in our abilities. Madilyn sang “Titanium,” reminding us that we are stronger than we think. Daniel taught us to be open-minded, persistent, and determined as he shared his experience of having fifty different jobs in fifty states in fifty weeks. Thanks to Madilyn and Daniel, we were inspired to become better leaders.

The main reason for gathering together, at the National Cluster Meeting, was for the opportunity for students to compete in Skill Demonstration Events. Those who participated did very well, and Utah FCCLA members claimed 23 finalist prizes. Utah FCCLA will send two teams to the FACS Knowledge Bowl at the 2015 National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.

B3FG23cCYAEkXEzBetween Skill Demonstration Events and general sessions, attendees were able to delve deeper into the conference theme: “Together We Are… Ready!” by going to workshops focused on helping FCCLA members prepare for college and career. Exhibitors from multiple universities encouraged students to continue their education, and alumni members gave presentations about the benefits of staying involved in FCCLA after graduation. Youth presenters were also given the chance to offer workshops, some of which were our very own Utah FCCLA State Officers.

FCCLA members were able to take a rest from competing and learning by touring the beautiful Salt Lake City area. The most popular destination was Temple Square, home of the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and some visitors were lucky enough to watch the Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearse for their Christmas concert. For souvenirs, Utah FCCLA made a Plinko board and gave away fry sauce, Real Salt® brand sea salt (all-natural sea salt taken from an ancient sea bed located in Central Utah), honey sticks (because we’re the Beehive State), Utah Truffles, and salt water taffy.

Utah FCCLA is grateful for the opportunity we have had to host this memorable conference and show off our amazing state. We’d like to extend a big “thank you” to everyone who participated, and we hope to see you all presenting your STAR Events at our region conferences in 2015.


Monday, December 1st, 2014

First Page Utah FCCLA At&TFCCLA: Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. FCCLA provides students with opportunities to attain knowledge, skills, and leadership characteristics necessary to succeed in life and careers through Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making a difference in their families, careers, and communities by addressing important personal, work and societal issues. Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop the skills for life-planning goal setting, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal communication necessary in the home and workplace.

There are 3,077 Utah FCCLA members in 112 chapters across the state. Throughout the year, FCCLA members strive to find service opportunities within their school and community. As members work together they become aware of themselves, their responsibilities as citizens, and their roles as future community leaders.

“I am proud to be a member of a great organization dedicated to society’s most basic unit – the family. I have learned so much though this organization, and am continuing to gather skills for my college and adult future,” says Caitlin Stock, Utah FCCLA Vice-President of Competitive Events and Programs.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience

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Utah Students Visit NYC Fashion Industry

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Last month, Family and Consumer Sciences Education students from Nebo School District traveled to New York City to meet with designers in the Fashion Industry and tour several fashion facilities. photo 1dTraveling as a school group to NYC not only took an inordinate amount of planning, and preparation, but also took special permission from the Nebo School District school board. Teachers presented their travel plan to the school board and detailed how the experience could not be replicated in Utah. So, with the approval of the school board, teachers and students spent two years planning, preparing, and saving for the trip.

After boarding a plane in Salt Lake City the group consisting of 6 teachers and 48 students, from Maple Mountain High School, Salem Hills High School, Payson High School, Spanish Fork High School, and Springville High School, flew to New York City. Upon their arrival to the “Big Apple” the experience of a lifetime began. From touring New Amsterdam Theatre to viewing the awe inspiring interior of Radio City Music Hall to learning about career opportunities in the Fashion Industry students were amazed at the many different cultural experiences in NYC.

Below is a recap of their trip as described by Whitney Carter, Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Spanish Fork High School.

photo 4bNew Amsterdam Theatre: This tour was one of the students’ favorites. They were able to see a Broadway stage without performers or decor while learning about the history of a Broadway theatre. They learned how the Theatre owner struggled and later succeeded through his business journey. Afterwards, we were able to go backstage and see costumes that have been used on Broadway shows, such as The Lion King, Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, and Mary Poppins. The students were able to examine, touch, and even try on the costumes and props.

Radio City Music Hall: An historic building in New York City, Radio City Music Hall hosts many modern day and historic events. The interior design in Radio City Music Hall was phenomenal to see. This tour helped the students understand the detail that goes into design and how each aspect of a design serves a purpose.

Essence Magazine: This tour was an excellent opportunity for students to see what careers are available, not only in fashion and interior design but also in publishing, graphic design, and business management. The presenter for this tour was a journalist/book critic for the magazine. He provided the students with information about careers, scholarships, and internships available across the country.

Design Lab at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT): FIT has a collection of clothing ranging from the beginning of the 20th century (1900s) to the early 21st century (2000s). During this seminar, we learned about the history of fashion while seeing actual clothing examples from each decade. The presenter explained how fashion related to what was happening in our country photo 7cduring each decade, such as The Great Depression and World War II. The students were very surprised to see the correlation between history and the fashion history.

Olah Inc.: This was a seminar with a textile chemist at Olah Inc., which is a company who makes and sells denim fabric to major clothing construction companies, such as Old Navy, Gap, J.Crew, and Banana Republic. We learned about fashion merchandising, business management, and textile design.

Parsons School of Design: The students loved touring the campus of Parsons School of Design and many were very interested in learning more about the school. They really enjoyed seeing the students working on their designs, as well as seeing the types of classrooms in the fashion design school. While on campus, students learned about scholarships and other programs available at the school.

photo 6bKenneth King: Kenneth King is a couture fashion designer who started out with nothing. He presented information about his journey as a fashion designer, including the ups and the downs of the business. He explained how hard work is not fun, and times get really tough, but if you keep on pushing you can become successful. He is a great example of this because of his success in the fashion industry. Kenneth also showed the students the garments he has designed. He is a very talented designer and clothing constructor. The students were amazed at the detail and creativity of his designs.

Kleinfeld Bridal: Although a tour wasn’t scheduled at Kleinfeld Bridal we decided to go to the shop to take a few pictures. While we were in the lobby, we lucked out and the owner came out and took us on a tour. We saw a conveyor system that holds all of the dresses, dressing rooms, bridal presentation room, business offices, alterations facility, accessory department, and a hand-beading room. This tour was an unexpected surprise and a great experience. This was definitely the highlight of the trip.

Each student had an amazing experience in New York City as they learned more about the fashion industry, and the vast number of career opportunities available. What a rewarding and unforgettable trip!

photo 3dMary Pressley, the mother of one of the students who went to NYC, said this about her daughter’s experience. “Kudos to Maple Mountain High School and Nebo School District for sponsoring last week’s fabulous NYC trip. My 16-year daughter came home totally inspired and happy, with grandiose ideas of what she may want to do in her future!  I am amazed at everything the group was able to do and see—backstage on Broadway, trying on costumes, meeting with designers, touring fashion magazines, and design schools. I grew up in New York and never did anything like this.”

Utah FCCLA Conducts a Successful Fall Leadership Conference

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Alesha Hurst photoBy Alesha Hurst, Utah FCCLA VP of Public Relations

There’s nothing like the sound of hundreds of cheering teenagers to put you in a good mood, especially when they are young leaders who aim to make the world a better place. While standing onstage amidst a sea of smiling FCCLA student leaders, I felt so much pride for the outstanding organization that had brought us all together and united us in a single cause.

This remarkable event, the 2014 Fall Leadership Conference for the Utah delegation of FCCLA, proved to be a huge success as chapter officers from across the state attended leadership training workshops and participated in team-building activities. Students left the conference with fun ideas for their chapters and a renewed urge to spread the word about FCCLA.

Workshops included information about specific offices and their duties, as well as parliamentary procedure and other important topics. The focus of the conference was to give inspiration for activities and methods of leadership so that the FCCLA members of Utah would be able to have an effective, productive year. In my opinion, we accomplished our goal.

Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox was the keynote speaker for the conference. He delivered an encouraging speech about the importance of learning from failures in order to have success in life. He shared interesting stories and gave a wonderful presentation that left students feeling empowered and ready to lead.

In addition to leadership activities, members had the opportunity to give service by participating in our fundraiser for Share Our Strength, a national campaign dedicated to ending childhood hunger. We ended up raising $354.50 for the program, and as a reward, the attendees were able to watch four state officers get pied in the face. The lucky recipients of the pie facials were Tanner Richardson, Maddie Barr, Wesley Carter, and Kayla Orton.

The Utah FCCLA Fall Leadership Conference was a fantastic experience for everyone involved, and I cannot wait to see what FCCLA has in store for its members next!

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My CTE Internship Prepared Me for the Workplace

Monday, September 29th, 2014


My name is Jessica Smith and I work for Utah State University at the Center for Human Nutrition Studies as a cook for The Polyphenol Study. I started this job in March as part of my CTE Internship through the Work-Based Learning class at Sky View High School. My internship ended in May, but I was asked to continue working for the study until it ends in November.

The Polyphenol Study is a controlled feeding study to test the affect of polyphenol on the gut bacteria. The study includes thirty participants who spend six weeks on a high polyphenol diet and six weeks on a low polyphenol diet. For the study, I do all of the same tasks I did as part of my internship, including accurately measuring ingredients, proper temperature control of foods, prepping and cooking meals, serving meals to the participants, and cleaning, and sanitizing the work area and dishes.

I plan on going into the field of dietetics and this job allows me to see [and experience] the food service and research side to dietetics. The study also counts as part of my hours needed to apply to the dietetics program at Utah State University.

It is such a rare and incredible opportunity to have a job in my field of study before I begin college. My CTE Internship opened up this job opportunity for me and allowed me to make connections with people who can help me get into the dietetics program at Utah State in the fall. I would highly recommend the Work-Based Learning class to every student at Sky View High School because it has prepared me for the workplace and college more than any other class I have taken.

Polyphenols are a group of chemicals found in many fruits, vegetables, and other plants such as berries, walnuts, olives, tea leaves, broccoli, grapes, and chocolate. They are classifies as antioxidants, meaning that they remove free radicals from the body. Free radicals are chemicals that can cause damage to cells and tissues in the body. Learn more about The Polyphenol Study at

Memories of FCCLA National Leadership Conference

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

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.