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FCCLA Capitol Leadership

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

By Lindsay Erekson, Utah FCCLA State President

This year as state officers for Utah Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) we had the opportunity to go to Washington, D.C. for Capitol Leadership. As part of this training we attended classes teaching us how to become an expert, advocate, and leader in the things we love. The cumulative event of this training was the chance to use our new advocacy skills on Capitol Hill as we spoke with our congressional representatives on the importance of Perkins Funding for Career and Technical Education.

 

FCCLA State Officers with Congressman Jim Matheson

During our time in D.C. we got to experience firsthand the recent government shutdown. Our scheduled day to be on Capitol Hill was the first day of the shutdown. Therefore, we had the opportunity to see protestors on the Hill as well as to watch the debate taking place in the House of Representatives. However, the shutdown did not affect our meetings. In fact, it gave us the chance to speak about our concerns face-to-face with Congressman Jim Matheson and to briefly meet with Senator Orrin Hatch.

 FCCLA State Officers with Senator Orrin Hatch

Capitol Leadership was a beneficial event to attend and has benefited all of us greatly.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience

Adventure is out there, so reach for the sky

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

By Victoria Pierce, Utah FCCLA VP of Public Relations

On September 24 and 25 Utah FCCLA had their annual Fall Leadership Conference. At the conference the state officer team introduced the 2013-2014 FCCLA theme, motto, and goals. Our theme is “Adventure is out there!” Our motto is “Reach for the sky!” We had workshops for members to learn more about this year’s theme and goals. The fun didn’t stop there. Utah FCCLA had not one but two amazing keynote speakers, Johnny Covey and Porter Ellett. Johnny Covey reminded us to stay in our heart and not in our head. Then Porter Ellett shared his message, “DOn’t quIT”. Remember to “Reach for the Sky” because “Adventure is Out There!”

Alexandria Palmer, chapter president at North Sanpete High School, said this about the conference, “I learned quite a bit at the conference. It was very informative to me, a first timer. I enjoyed the speakers and thought the workshops were put together very well.”

“At Fall Leadership, chapter officers were given helpful tips and tricks on how to improve their chapter, received helpful information about FCCLA to share with their members, and learned how to become better leaders in their own community! Fall Leadership was my chance to meet other FCCLA members who are as eager to learn more about FCCLA as I am! I was inspired by the dedication of our members and shared in the excitement of being a part of a truly amazing organization!” said Mikaela Bingham, Utah FCCLA 2nd Vice President.

2013-2014 FCCLA Theme, Motto, and Goals

Theme: Adventure is Out There!

Motto: Reach for the Sky

Goals:
Membership — “Jump Aboard”
Each chapter increases chapter membership from the previous year.

National Programs/Participation — “Complete the Journey”
Each chapter has members complete one National Program, other than Community Service. Each chapter submits at least one National Program to Nationals.

Partnership/Publicity — “Get Your Search On”
Each chapter works to expand community awareness of FCCLA through formation of new partnerships and public relations.

Communications and Community Service — “Imagine the Possibilities”
Each chapter completes a meaningful and beneficial service project with emphasis on Share Our Strength and high member involvement. Projects will be submitted to Share Our Strength or the National Program, Community Service.

“I always love to attend Fall Leadership because it is so fun to see all the leaders in training. The [FCCLA student members] do such a great job and their energy revitalizes me for the upcoming year,” said Auralee Brooks, FCCLA adviser at North Sanpete High School.

2013-2014 FCCLA State Officers

 

FCCLA State Officers in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

The Utah FCCLA state officers are in Washington D.C. attending the national FCCLA Capitol Leadership Training. The leadership training began on September 29 and continues through October 2. Student members and advisers from across the country have joined together to network with each other, develop leadership skills, participate in service-learning opportunities, and advocate for FCCLA.

While in Washington, D.C., much to their surprise, the government shutdown! Or, as they put it, “The government partially shutdown.” They have a full schedule of leadership meetings. But now with a change in schedule, of some of their planned sites to see in Washington D.C., they’re finding great things to do.

Follow the Utah FCCLA state officers on Facebook to read about they’re trip to Washington, D.C.

Utah FCCLA state officers react to government shutdown

 

Recycle and Redesign “RE: PLAY” Fashion Show

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Have you ever wondered what you could do with a used product to give it new life without throwing it away? Well, FCCLA student members have figured out a way to recycle, reuse, and repurpose ANYTHING! From VHS tapes and DVDs, to paper and plastic grocery bags, to newspapers and magazines, secondary and postsecondary FCCLA student members showed off their talent for repurposing products at the “RE: PLAY Fashion Show,” held September 16, 2013 in the Taggart Student Center ballroom at Utah State University (USU). The fashion show was sponsored by the Family and Consumer Sciences Education (FCSE) program at USU.

The fashion show was held in conjunction with “FCCLA: A Day of Leadership” hosted by FCCLA, FCSE, ASUSU College Senators, and USU leaders who invited FCCLA students, advisers, and chapters for a day of leadership activities and workshops on the campus of Utah State University. The purpose of the event was to motivate FCCLA student members and advisers to take action and become a leader through FCCLA in order to make a difference in their local community and school. Through various workshops, students and advisers were challenged to identify specific activities to implement at their school using service learning.

FCCLA student members and advisers were inspired at the event and left the USU campus filled with ideas to implement at their school and in their community. Sue Hill, FCCLA chapter adviser at Bonneville High School, took 33 students—including 2 foreign exchange students—to the event. “I cannot stress how important opportunities like this are for these students. I was very impressed with the planning and the overall outcome was nothing short of a complete SUCCESS. This was such a valuable opportunity for these students to walk around a college campus and get excited about opportunities in higher education. I had nothing but positive feedback from each student. Their smiles throughout the day were the best indication of the incredible teaching opportunity this day created. We had a wonderful time!”

 Bonneville High School FCCLA student members with their adviser

The FCCLA chapter at Bonneville High School was one of nine secondary FCCLA chapters, from across the state, who participating in “FCCLA: A Day of Leadership.” If your school was unable to attend this year, be sure to save the date for next year’s event.

Who: Utah FCCLA student members, advisers, and chapters

What: FCCLA: A Day of Leadership and fashion show

Where: Utah State University – Taggart Student Center

When: September 2014 (Specific date will be announced HERE.)

Cost: Entry fee is one can of food. To be donated to the USU Student Nutrition Access Center.

Contact: Lindsey Shirley, Clothing and Textiles Specialist and Assistant Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Utah State University – lindsey.shirley@usu.edu.

 

Eric Wilcox Encourages Students to Join FCCLA

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Eric Wilcox, a recent graduate of Westlake High School, spent his senior year as the president of Utah FCCLA—Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America—a leadership organization for Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS). Within three years, Eric joined FCCLA, was elected FCCLA chapter president of Westlake High School, and became the FCCLA Utah state president.

Here is Eric’s story. “Beginning my sophomore year, I quickly found out that high school is meant to be much more than taking classes. It is about becoming a leader, finding your specific talents, and beginning to positively influence those in your personal scope of peers. I first got a taste of leadership by becoming an officer of Westlake High School FCCLA.

“Being the Utah FCCLA State President was the experience of a lifetime and gave me an incredible senior year. I traveled to many places, including Orlando, Florida for FCCLA Nationals and Washington, DC for incredible leadership training. I conducted meetings of over 1,000 students, and have made many lifelong friends within the state and country! I will always remember the experience of being president of a state organization of over 3,000 and having the ability to make a difference in so many ways.

“Looking back on high school, I realize that within the four short years at Westlake I completely transformed into the person I am today. FCCLA has given me so many opportunities and experiences. I will be a lifelong advocate of FCCLA, and I am forever changed by this amazing organization. I am now leaving high school as an adult with a desire to take on the world, seek new opportunities and continue life as a leader —– crazy.

“I am now beginning another chapter in my life with a head start and a clear vision into my future and career. Although, I never would have guessed as a freshman that this is all possible through my participation in FCCLA and Family and Consumer Sciences while in high school.

“To all incoming and continuing students, remember that high school is much more than taking classes and getting good grades, it’s about finding a passion and making connections with others. Join FCCLA or any other club you have an interest in, run for Student Council, do something challenging…you never know where it could take you!:)”

Eric Wilcox
Westlake High School class of 2013

 

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FCCLA Student Members Shine at National Competition

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

By Nikki Sue Larkin, Utah FCCLA State Adviser

Last month, the 2013 FCCLA National Leadership Conference (NLC) was held in Nashville, Tennessee during July 7-11. With the theme “Discover Your Voice” 140 FCCLA student members and 70 FCCLA advisers and chaperones from Utah found their tune as they attended dynamic workshops and break-out sessions, participated in STAR Events (competitive events), met new people, and expanded their leadership potential. Great memories were made at the various tourist attractions which included the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman, and the Wildhorse Saloon.

The Gaylord Opryland Hotel/Convention Center where we stayed was absolutely amazing. With the meandering rivers, overhanging trees, vines and beautiful flowers, it was like Hawaii but with air-conditioning! Besides being beautiful and huge, it was laid out in the most complex maze-like configuration.

Our first full day was Saturday and many of the Utah delegation rode a bus through torrential rain to visit Music Row and other sights around the city. They ended up at the Ryman, where they learned the history of country music and got some great photos on stage. They dined and line-danced at the Wildhorse Saloon and did a little shopping on Broadway. That evening they walked to the Grand Ole Opry and enjoyed some down home country music. The last performer was Carrie Underwood who made enduring the evening of “twang” worthwhile.

On Monday the conference really got started. Half of the STAR Events began as well as the FCCLA exhibits and workshops. Monday night was the opening session and was exceptionally enjoyable. The Utah delegation received red-light-up foam tubes, which we all waved frantically whenever Utah was recognized. The FCCLA National Officers did a skit using the “Voice” as their model. The guest speaker was Doc Hendley, a young man who told us his personal story and how he turned his own personal failures into success through helping provide clean water for third world countries. He was a remarkable speaker and motivator.

Tuesday was the second day of competitions and workshops. The students enjoyed some great youth speakers, including the ruggedly handsome Mike Smith who spoke about his journey to help the disadvantaged. At the exhibits there were great ideas for activities and programs teachers could use to incorporate in their own FCCLA chapters. There were pamphlets and handouts to take and even cooking demos in the back of the room, with samples to taste. On Wednesday, advisers and students attended many wonderful workshops and at the closing session many Utah FCCLA members were recognized for their achievements.

“I thought the FCCLA National Leadership Conference was incredible! In my opinion, there is no better way to catch the fire and enthusiasm for FCCLA than attending NLC. It really gives you the big picture. This was my second time attending as an adviser, and both times I have attended I have left with so many great ideas and a larger desire to strengthen my FCCLA chapter back at home. Some of my favorite parts of NLC are the general sessions. I am always amazed by the grand scale of FCCLA on the national level, the professionalism of the national officers, and their ability to put on such an entertaining and enriching performance. Another favorite was the opportunity to judge STAR Events and again be amazed by the incredible abilities of FCCLA members. All in all, friendships were formed, much fun was had, and I was again and again reminded how much I love and believe in the FCCLA organization!” said Brittany Peterson, American Fork High School FCCLA Adviser.

The 2013 FCCLA National Leadership Conference culminated with an Awards Ceremony Thursday night. Congratulations to each Utah FCCLA student member who participated in a STAR Event. Students worked hard throughout the year to advance to the national competition and represented Utah extremely well.

Our Utah competitors finished with 34 gold medals, 62 silver medals, and 22 bronze medals. Kaitlyn Burgess from Syracuse High School won 1st overall in the Interior Design event and Edna Cuevas from Timpanogas High School won 2nd overall in Fashion Design event. Melissa Behunin, Madison Donohoe, and Kelin Bleazard from Cedar High School won 2nd overall in the Digital Stories for Change event.

The list of Utah FCCLA National STAR Events Medal Winners can be viewed HERE.

Maddie Barr, Utah FCCLA Vice President of Community Service and student at Carbon High School, described her time at the 2013 National FCCLA Leadership Conference saying, “My experience at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference was an unforgettable one! I learned new leadership skills, how to better communicate with adults and other members, and how to gain confidence for myself and build up others confidence. I loved meeting new people and I can’t wait for what this year will bring for Utah FCCLA!”

Related news stories:
Syracuse High grad wins interior design scholarship at national conference
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Students to Compete at FCCLA National Leadership Conference

Monday, July 8th, 2013

This week FCCLA student members from across the nation are in Nashville, Tennessee at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference, July 7-11. The conference will empower members to build courage, take initiative, and be the change. FCCLA members will discover their own voice and also realize the power of their generation as one by strengthening self-confidence and determination. FCCLA student members will participate in competitive events and dynamic workshops.

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The mission of FCCLA is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner, and community leader, members develop skills for life through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience

Abby Knighton: Future FACS Teacher

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Abby Knighton, a student at Layton High School, recently received a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award to Weber State University. Abby will be studying for a career in education. “I want to be an influential and inspiring Family and Consumer Sciences teacher. I plan on going to Weber State University for an estimation of two years, or until I can no longer use their resources. This will begin my education, meaning Weber State does not provide my major, as such, I will continue on to Utah State University to conclude my bachelor’s in Family and Consumer Sciences, Secondary Education, says Abby.”

In high school, Abby was a member of FCCLA and was the chapter president during her senior year. She participated in the Power of One, an FCCLA program that helps students find and use their personal power.  Members set their own goals, work to achieve them, and enjoy the results. The skills members learn in Power of One help them now and in the future—in school, with friends and family, in college, and on the job. “I have been able to recognize the Power of One. I know that every single person on this planet is worth something, though they may not feel that way. They have ideas, input, feelings, and influence in this world and need to be recognized for all that they are worth. I have gained the knowledge of my own individual strength and influence to help others succeed. All my life I have not known what I am capable of but, through the support and care of teachers I have had, I now know. These reasons are some of the many that gave me the drive and ambition to become a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, says Abby.”

Abby describes how Career and Technical Education prepared her for life after high school—college and career. “The CTE courses I have taken in high school have forever changed my life. I feel more confident in my abilities and talents, which helps me to realize I can succeed. I have a great love for [the FACS] department and cannot wait to be a part of it. I focused on every FACS course possible and I enjoyed each one. I just simply cannot wait to be able to teach these courses.”

Sarah Draper: Awarded FCCLA Japanese Exchange Scholarship

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Sarah Draper, a member of FCCLA and a student at Bingham High School, was recently awarded the FCCLA Japanese Exchange Scholarship. She is one of fourteen FCCLA student members in the U.S. to receive this prestigious scholarship, funded by the Kikkoman Corporation and administered by Youth for Understanding USA.

Japanese Exchange is a scholarship opportunity for FCCLA student members to travel to Japan for four-to-six weeks as an exchange student. Sarah will live with a Japanese host family and learn about the culture and traditions of Japan. It will be a summer Sarah will never forget!

Sarah tells UtahCTE.org about her decision to apply for the Japanese Exchange Scholarship and how FCCLA has influenced her life.

“I first heard about the opportunity to become an exchange student from my mom. She went to Japan as an exchange student the summer after her sophomore year of high school through a FHA/Kikkoman scholarship. I have read journal entries from her time in Japan and have seen the souvenirs that she brought home over 25 years ago.

“I was born in Okinawa, Japan while my dad was serving active-duty in the U.S. Air Force; however, we moved back to the states when I was just two years old. I don’t remember a thing [about living in Japan]. Ever since I was young I have wanted to return to Japan, and when my mom told me about her exchange experience I knew this was something I wanted to do!

“In ninth grade I had a history teacher who spent two years in Japan. When he taught the Japanese unit he was so excited. We spent a lot of time learning about the culture, traditions, celebrations, and people of Japan. He showed us pictures of the food they eat and a movie of people being shoved onto trains in the morning rush hour. We learned to write the different Japanese alphabets. During this unit about Japan I began to love their way of life.

“FCCLA teaches that everyone is unique and we need to accept everyone. Going to Japan is a chance for me to immerse myself in another culture and learn to love it and accept their differences. I once heard a quote referring to different cultures around the world, ‘It’s not good, it’s not bad, it’s just different.’ I think this is so true.

“I hope I can take what I have learned in FCCLA, and from other people in my life, and make my time in Japan an incredible experience. Thank you FCCLA for making it possible for me to experience a life-long dream!”

If you’re interested in becoming a member of Utah FCCLA contact the FCCLA adviser in your school.

Marissa Muhlestein: Future Pastry Chef

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Marissa Muhlestein
Occupational Goal: Pastry Chef

“Being involved in Family and Consumer Sciences will enrich my life, because not only am I preparing for a career, I am preparing for my future family. I am going to further my education after high school and study how to become a pastry chef. One day I plan to open my own bakery. By taking culinary classes now, I will take the skills and knowledge of food that I have learned to the next level and become the best pastry chef I can be.

“During my sophomore year in high school I learned about the Family and Consumer Sciences Pathway. I became very interested in the classes and options that were offered and decided that I wanted to study this area in college. In high school I started taking a variety of CTE courses. Each one of these courses has taught me so much and has prepared me for the courses I will be taking in college.”

 —Marissa Muhlestein, Granger High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Marissa on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Salt Lake Community College. Marissa was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Marissa Muhlestein
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology