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Meet Spencer Chugg: FCCLA VP of Community Service

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Spencer Chugg is a student at Pleasant Grove High School and an FCCLA State Officer. He has been involved in FCCLA since 2007 and attributes his success in school to his association with FCCLA. “FCCLA has affected my life in ways that are impossible to describe,” says Spencer. “I am so glad that I got the chance to ‘climb to my future’ with FCCLA.”

Question: Spencer, what made you decide to run for an FCCLA state office?
Answer: This is a hard question to answer since there are so many reasons! At my first FCCLA State Convention I saw the state officers stand up on the stage in their official uniform and at that moment I knew I wanted to be a state officer. It was something I knew I had to become. It was then my life goal to become an FCCLA State Officer. I wanted to try out in 8th, 9th, and then 10th grade, but I didn’t get the chance. Where am I now? I’m the Utah FCCLA State Officer of Community Service!

Question: As Vice President of Community Service what are your responsibilities?
Answer:  There are the basic responsibilities required for all state officers and responsibilities of my office. All state officers are required to submit a State Officer Report by the 10th of each month, attend chapter meetings, participate in projects, carry out workshops for State Fall Leadership, attend and organize an Area Conference, complete “Power of One” units, submit pictures of activities, and submit two articles for the FCCLA newsletter. My responsibilities are to write an Outreach Service Project article for the FCCLA newsletter, plan and coordinate a service project at State, and coordinate member incentives for affiliation.

Question: You recently participated in the CTSO Day on the Hill event at the Utah State Capitol. What was that experience like?
Answer:
While at the Capitol I had the opportunity to answer many questions about FCCLA. Many people at the Capitol were government officials, employees, educators, or visitors. I had the opportunity to share basic facts about FCCLA and how the organization has affected my life. Many people had no idea what FCCLA was all about. I was given the chance to share my testimonial and tell how FCCLA has affected my life. I hope while I was there I got the chance to affect someone else’s life.

Question: What FCCLA event has had the most impact on your life?
Answer: The event that most affected me was when my FCCLA chapter (Pleasant Grove High School) did a service project where we helped children learn to ride bikes safely to school. Recently, my friend Rustin was run over by an SUV while we were walking home from school. From that point on I was determined that I would try to teach safety, to the best of my ability, to children. I learned from that experience that FCCLA was not work, but service.

Question: Tell us about the FCCLA “Climb to Your Future” initiative.
Answer: This year, our state FCCLA motto is “Climb to Your Future.” I think this models most of my FCCLA experience. I have had the chance to participate in FCCLA for almost six years. During this experience I have been changed so much. When you participate in FCCLA’s “Climb to Your Future”, you learn and get stronger. FCCLA makes you stronger physically and mentally. One of the best ways anyone can climb further into their future is by becoming an FCCLA State Officer. The opportunity to be an FCCLA State Officer this year has given me experiences beyond my wildest dreams. I have had the opportunity to go to Orlando, Florida, Washington D.C., and travel throughout Utah. Working with adult leaders and the FCCLA members has given me the opportunity to be an intimate part of FCCLA. The experiences I have gained will last a life time.

Question: What would you say to students thinking about joining FCCLA?
Answer: Do not let anything stop you from joining FCCLA. In FCCLA you get the chance to gain recognition for your accomplishments, travel throughout the state of Utah and to national conferences, participate in competitive events, network, make new friends, and develop leadership skills. I would then give a testimonial about how FCCLA has changed and affected my life. And say to each one, don’t let fear hold you back from running for a state office.

Question: How has your involvement in FCCLA prepared you for life after high school—college and career?
Answer: One of the best ways FCCLA has prepared me is through the classroom. FCCLA is directly linked to Career and Technical Education. FCCLA is classroom integrated through FCCLA national programs, competitive events, and service learning projects. The instructor’s standards of education are linked to the “Mission and Purposes” that guide the organization. I plan to be a teacher and through FCCLA I have seen what it is like to be a teacher. I learned how to plan and teach lessons and workshops. I can use the FCCLA planning process for all my goals and activities. FCCLA has made me organized and ready for college!

Spencer graduates in May and plans to continue his education at Utah State University where he will study Family and Consumer Sciences Education. He also plans to study Culinary Arts at Utah Valley UniversitySpencer wants to become a ProStart teacher and eventually an FCCLA adviser.

An FCCLA Chapter of Service and Leadership

Monday, January 28th, 2013

By Eric Wilcox
Utah FCCLA State President

The student body of Westlake High School was recently shocked by the tragic traffic-related accident involving an alumni student, placing her in intensive care for nearly a month. The surrounding community of Saratoga Springs acted to serve her devastated family. Informed that this student was a former FCCLA member, as well as learning of our chapter adviser’s recent traffic accident, members were encouraged to create a service project which could peer educate Westlake students, their families, and the community on traffic safety knowledge.

A strong committee of Utah FCCLA members formed the “Gift of Life” Family Traffic Safety Fair, informing our community that lives saved from obeying traffic safety is the “ultimate gift.” The event focused on one of FCCLA’s 11 National Programs, FACTS: Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety. Through FACTS, FCCLA members can strive to save lives by educating both youth and adults on traffic safety.

Members contacted many safety-related organizations, such as Zero Fatalities, National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS), Utah Organ Donors, Utah County Health Department, Saratoga Springs Police Department, Alpine School District Transportation, and more. An FCCLA member would accompany this organization to present on various safety aspects, or created a unique booth complete with research, statistics, and activities. The Safety Fair could appeal to every family, where car seat safety, teen alcohol prevention, and adult safe driving practices could all be taught.

The Hank’s family at the Safety Fair

Each classroom within Westlake High School was encouraged to participate in the “Gift of Life” service event by creating a gift basket in honor of a local or personal traffic accident victim. These were displayed at the Family Traffic Safety Fair and sold through a silent auction. In connection with this event, Westlake FCCLA held an annual community holiday fundraiser based off the novel The Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright. The Christmas Jars service event, created by FCCLA, has grown to become Westlake High’s main holiday project.

Through fundraising, Wright was able to fly from Virginia to Saratoga Springs, UT to give a presentation on service and give a special invitation to Westlake High students to attend the “Gift of Life” Safety Fair on December 3, 2012. Evaluation was recorded from each attendee through a prize drawing/feedback sheet, which asked how each attendee could now improve their family and community’s safety.

Jason Wright and Eric Wilcox

In a brand new school, it’s been fantastic to see how our FCCLA chapter has developed extensive service projects which will grow into community traditions. The school and community of Westlake High are continually impressed by the great leadership FCCLA members display.

FCCLA Capitol Leadership

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

By Lexi Heugly
Utah FCCLA VP Public Relations

Washington DC, a city brimming with great history and great leaders. Washington DC a city so culturally diverse that it symbolizes the head of 50 United States. Washington DC, home to FCCLA’s Capitol Leadership conference. What better place is there to train leaders? A city so full of leadership and role models every student has something to be inspired by.

This inspiration reaches beyond monuments and carvings for the members of FCCLA that attend Capitol Leadership. This conference teaches us not only to honor the great, but to stand tall and become the great. Every aspect of the conference is meaningful and worthwhile.

 

Utah FCCLA State Officers

Utah FCCLA had the opportunity to send their state officers to this conference, where they became more prepared to serve as leaders of their section of the organization. Long nights and miles of walking paid off to build the officers into a stronger team as a whole.

The officers were given the opportunity to meet with representatives of Utah Senators and Congressmen including Senator Orrin Hatch himself. They visited with staff members of Senator Mike Lee, Congressmen, Jason Chaffetz, Rob Bishop, and Jim Matheson. The officers capitalized on the importance of government support for FCCLA in these meetings.

Utah FCCLA State Officers with Senator Orrin Hatch

Capitol Leadership is an experience that is beyond a measurable comparison. The city of Washington has a certain aura of leadership that doesn’t leave students once they return home. This is an experience that was undeniably valuable for the members of Utah FCCLA who took the opportunity to attend.

 

2012 FCCLA Fall Leadership Conference

Monday, October 15th, 2012

On September 26-27, over 675 FCCLA state and chapter officers and advisers met at the Provo Marriott for the FCCLA Fall Leadership Conference. State officers taught workshops to chapter presidencies and advisers received training for the upcoming year. Chapter presidents had their own summit within the conference where they learned their roles and responsibilities, learned effective social media techniques and how to delegate to the officer team. The two day meeting included, lessons, workshops, and speakers on subjects that made students better leaders throughout their lives, including leadership through FCCLA. The conference was a way for officers to mingle, learn, and network with one another.

“Going to Fall Leadership was a great experience. I met new people and learned so much about being a better leader. Not only did I learn how to get people involved, but I learned how to make it exciting and fun! I’m looking forward to bringing the new things we learned to Tooele’s FCCLA,” said Taylor Bennett, Tooele High School FCCLA Chapter President.

One of the highlights of the conference was the keynote speaker Brad Barton. Brad Barton is a nationally recognized speaker, author, and master magician. Brad spoke on the magic we each have inside of us, including the ability to make great and “magical” things happen in our lives, no matter where we start out or what our circumstances may be. He talked about how to possess the magic to create a bright and successful future, whether leading your peer group, serving your community, or building a rewarding personal life. His presentation not only left the crowd awe struck from his magic tricks, but also from the inspiring words he spoke.

A popular conference event was the “Pie the State Officer” competition. This was a fundraising event for “Share Our Strength.” FCCLA members chose the officer they most wanted to be “pied” by contributing money in a box given to each state officer. At the end of the week, the money in each box was totaled and the three officers with the most money were given a pie in the face. The three officers who won the honor to be “pied” were Ashley Labrum, Parker Hyde, and Lexi Heugly. The event was a huge success and generated over $400.00. 

“I thought the State Officers did a wonderful job with organizing a great Fall Leadership! I felt that our FCCLA Officers were able to bond with each other and meet new people, to get ideas  to help in their planning for the year. It helped me as an adviser to visit with other advisers to form a network and share ideas,” said Marianne Pallas, American Fork High FCCLA Adviser.

2012-2013 FCCLA State Officers:
Eric Wilcox – President
Madison Barton – 1st Vice President
Parker Hyde – VP of STAR Event
Aubrey Christensen – VP of Social Media & History
Lexi Heugly – VP of Public Relations
Savannah Allmon – VP of Membership
Spencer Chugg – VP of Community Service
Ashley Labrum – National VP of Programs

For the 2012-2013 school year, the FCCLA State Officers have chosen the theme “Pack Your Bag” with the motto “Climb to Your Future”. They have chosen five goals for chapter members to focus on throughout the year. They are:

Goals and Challenge:

  1. Buddy Up: Each chapter member recruits a friend to join FCCLA.
  2. Slow Down, Observe: Each chapter does a beneficial community service project.
  3. Feed the Need: Each chapter completes and submits at least one National Program.
  4. Tread the Path: Each chapter member completes all the components of the Power of One and/or Dynamic Leadership.
  5. Study the Map: Each chapter member memorizes three new facts about FCCLA.

“Fall Leadership proved yet again to be a great experience for all who attended. Each attendee took something new home with them and learned from the experiences they had at the conference,” said Lexi Heugly, FCCLA VP of Public Relations.

Governor Herbert Congratulates FCCLA Student Members

Friday, September 14th, 2012

On September 10, 2012, Governor Herbert sent a letter to Utah FCCLA student members to congratulate them on their participation at the 2012 National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida.

FCCLA student members at STAR Events Award Ceremony

Read the letter from Governor Herbert HERE

Ashley Labrum Elected FCCLA National Vice President of Programs

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

At the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, Ashley Labrum, of Pleasant Grove High School, was elected to serve as the 2012-2013 Vice President of Programs on the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Executive Council.

Ashley Labrum 

The FCCLA National Executive Council consists of 10 elected members who primarily serve as liaisons to the FCCLA membership population. In addition to being the youth governing body of the organization, the council aids in national program development, program implementation, and public relations. Officers of the National Executive Council include:

> President > Vice President of Finance
> First Vice President > Vice President of Membership
> Vice President of Community Service > Vice President of Parliamentary Law
> Vice President of Competitive Events > Vice President of Programs
> Vice President of Development > Vice President of Public Relations

 

2012-2013 FCCLA National Executive Council

As a member of the FCCLA National Executive Council, Ashley will contribute to the planning of the 2012-2013 year for the organization, represent the organization to both internal and external audiences, and seek to grow membership and move the organization forward.

As the Vice President of Programs, Ashley will specifically be responsible for:
>Reviewing the national programs.
>Providing input in new and existing programmatic structures and resources.
>Promoting programs and educating FCCLA members about the various opportunities.
>Reviewing applications of program award and scholarship finalists.
>Congratulating program award and scholarship recipients on their work through FCCLA.
>Serving on the Program Committee of the National Board of Directors.
>Representing the organization at meetings with existing and potential program partners.

Three years ago, Pearl Hart* told me that I was Utah’s ‘Secret Weapon’ in FCCLA. Ever since then I have always had the idea to run for a national office. I always looked up to my best friend Kyle Andrews who was a state officer. I saw how much FCCLA had been a part of his life and I wanted to help others and change their lives like it had changed Kyle’s life and my life,” says Ashley.

As a member of the FCCLA National Executive Council Ashley will have many leadership opportunities during the coming school year. As the National Vice President of Programs Ashley will attend and present at the following meetings:
> Capitol Leadership Training and the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) Conference in Washington DC in October.
> National Cluster Meetings in Reno, Nevada and Indianapolis, Indiana in November.
> Pacific States Conferences in February and March.
> National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee in July.

Ashley made FCCLA a focus in her life. She set several goals to work toward to become a national officer. She did not let one difficult thing come in the way of accomplishing her goal. She was driven. She has the right personality for being a national officer. She is fun and is a great leader,” says Melody Anthony, Pleasant Grove High School FCCLA Adviser.

To be elected as a national officer takes planning, preparation, and perseverance. The process begins in February when the national officer candidate fills out the application. There are many parts to the application such as preparing for the national FCCLA test, interviewing, and giving a speech. This takes many long hours of dedication and hard work.

Ashley has a passion for FCCLA. She sees what the organization can do for others. She truly cares about people and wants them to achieve their goals,” says Nikki Sue Larkin, Utah FCCLA State Adviser.

Ashley encourages students to become a member of FCCLA. “Just do it. It will be the best experience of your life. You will have the opportunity to meet new people and set goals in your life that will help you.”

FCCLA: Pack Your Bag and Climb to Your Future

If you are a member of FCCLA and are interested in running for national office next year talk to your adviser about the election process.

*Pearl Hart is the Family and Consumer Sciences Specialist
at the Utah State Office of Education

FCCLA Students Awarded Scholarships

Monday, August 20th, 2012

At the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference held in Orlando, Florida two Utah students, who participated in the STAR Events competition, each received a $1,000 scholarship for their outstanding portfolios.

Alicia Pope, a student at Timpanogos High School in Alpine School District, participated in the FCCLA Fashion Design competition. For this competitive event, Alicia identified an audience for her fashion line through research, developing a premise for her design, such as a former designer, then created a line with a logo and labels. She then created color sketches for six original designs with fabric samples and a sample of construction used on each of the designs such as piping, bound buttonholes, pleats, ruffles etc. Ultimately she created two sketches in full sized patterns with symbols and instructions. One sketch had to be made into the actual item. Alicia made an off-white wool pencil skirt with inset ruffles and a wool sage green jacket with bound buttonholes and a faux scarf collar. RoseMary Lindberg, FACS teacher and FCCLA adviser said, “Her portfolio was truly AMAZING!”

Alicia received a gold medal for her Fashion Design portfolio, scoring above 90 percent. Her score placed her in the top three among her competitors nationwide and she was awarded a scholarship from the Art Institute.

Sarie Cook, a student at Maple Mountain High School in Nebo School District, participated in the Early Childhood competition. Sarie was given a topic and then used available materials to write a lesson plan for Early Childhood Education. Sarie received a gold medal for her Early Childhood Education – Focus on the Children lesson plan, scoring above 90 percent. Her score placed her in the top three among her competitors nationwide and she was awarded a scholarship from Kendall College, located in Chicago, Illinois. Sarie was a top teacher for the past two years at the Maple Mountain Eaglet Preschool. Her FACS teacher, Kathryn Crandall, stated “Sarie was so deserving of the recognition. She is an amazing teacher of young children and has great classroom organizational and management skills for a high school student.”

Utah FCCLA Students Reach for the STARS

Monday, July 30th, 2012

By Nikki Sue Larkin, Utah FCCLA State Adviser

On July 8-12, 2012 approximately 6,800 students attended the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference held in Orlando, Florida. Secondary and postsecondary FCCLA members represented the state of Utah and participated in the ultimate leadership experience, which included dynamic keynote speakers, workshops, and professional development classes, along with some great memories at the various tourist attractions.

At the conference the 2012-2013 FCCLA National Officers were elected. Congratulations to Ashley Labrum, of Pleasant Grove High School, who was elected as the FCCLA National Vice President of Programs. We are proud of her accomplishments and know that she will do a great job.

Ashley Lambrum

With the theme of “#realitycheck,” this year’s conference was a conference of firsts. The conference tapped into the world of social media and provided unique opportunities to take advantage of recent changes in technology. FCCLA attendees were able to download the FCCLA app on their smartphones and upload information about the conference. Other firsts included workshops on working with digital media, including learning about online STAR Events and creating digital projects. Another first included the implementation of postsecondary competitions.

There were 113 Utah secondary and postsecondary FCCLA student members who competed, against FCCLA members from other states, in STAR Event competitions. STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation.  From fashion construction, to food innovations, to life event planning, to recycle and redesign, students impressed the judges with their knowledge and skill.

Utah FCCLA student members finished with 40 gold medals, 35 silver medals, and 16 bronze medals.

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.

Utah FCCLA State Officers

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 6,500 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945. In Utah there are 2,600 members in 91 chapters. Learn more about FCCLA at www.fcclainc.org and www.utahfccla.org.

Brandee Bash: Future Early Childhood Education Teacher

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Brandee Bash recently graduated from Timpanogos High School where she concentrated in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Child Development Pathway. She plans to continue her education and training at Utah Valley University to obtain an associate degree in Early Childhood Education.

“All of the CTE classes I have taken have prepared me for my chosen career because they have taught me more and more about different ways I can teach, and different ways to be creative. I always thought I had a creative mind but I never really knew it until after taking these classes,” said Brandee.

To gain experience in the area of child development Brandee obtained training at the Timpanogos Wee Wolves Child Care Center. In order to work in the center Brandee obtained a Food Handlers Permit, CPR certification, and completed several Early Childhood Education courses. Each week she worked at the center four hours a day. Her day would begin with serving the children breakfast and continue with an activity or playing a game.

Sandy Hopkins, Early Childhood Education Teacher and Director at Timpanogos Wee Wolves Child Care Center said, “[Brandee] is very dependable and does a great job assisting and preparing lesson plans and learning centers for children, ages three to five in our child care lab. . .She is one of the children’s favorite teachers. I trust Brandee completely when the children are in her care.”

After graduating from Utah Valley University, Brandee would like to go back to the Timpanogos Wee Wolves Child Care Center as a preschool teacher.

As the population of children ages three to five increases, the demand for preschool programs will also increase. This increase will continue to create a demand for preschool teachers. By the year 2020 employment of preschool teachers is expected to grow by 25 percent. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

UtahCTE.org congratulates Brandee on her accomplishments and wishes her all the best as she continues to prepare for her chosen career.

Emily Kitchen: Future Business Owner and Pastry Chef

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Emily Kitchen
Occupational Goal: Business Owner and Pastry Chef

“I took many CTE classes and loved them all. I took many food classes that will greatly help me in my future education and career in culinary arts. One of the first foods classes I took was Food/Nutrition 1. [This class] helped me realize that I love to cook. I knew I really wanted to go into culinary arts when a chef came and talked to our Foods/Nutrition 2 class.

“My favorite class was Critical Work Skills. I interned at a bakery and absolutely loved it. [The experience] made me know for sure I wanted to go into this career. . . I loved going to the bakery and learning new things and I also loved the class time. It taught me valuable skills, not only for business but for life. These [FACS] classes had the most impact on me, more than any other class; I have loved them and learned so much. I am so grateful for these CTE classes, they have helped me find where I want to go in life. After I graduate [from college] I plan to open my own bakery as a pastry chef.” –Emily Kitchen, Davis High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Emily on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Utah Valley University. Emily was one of 95 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May, 2, 2012.

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