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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:
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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 

Interior Design Fieldtrip

Monday, April 29th, 2013

By Julia Johnson, Family and Consumer Sciences student teacher, Hillcrest High School

On April 11, 2013 Hillcrest High School’s interior design class went on a fieldtrip to solidify their knowledge of the principles of design. They had the opportunity to visit the replica of Disney’s “UP” house. This house was originally built for the Parade of Homes and is located at 13215 South 5390 West in Herriman, Utah. Although the house is no longer available for public tours, people are welcome to take pictures from the outside. Every detail has been recreated on this house, including the garden hose reel and the weather vane. This is a fun new landmark and is a must-see for Utah residents!

The interior design students also visited Daybreak where they were able to tour 13 houses and identify the principles of design. This tour was similar to the Parade of Homes, where they could go through at their leisure and see well-designed homes. Each home has its own unique style, and students benefited from seeing good design in real life rather than from a picture. The fieldtrip was a huge success!

Interior design student, Alex Cherry commented, “The fieldtrip to Daybreak presented an excellent opportunity to get out of the classroom and see interior designs in action. Seeing various elements and principles of design in a real setting helped me to connect with it more than had I read about it. It reinforced what I already knew by actively seeking it out and defining it in the design. The fieldtrip activity engaged and involved me in real-world interior design, a refreshing change from a classroom setting.”

“The best part of the fieldtrip was when we went through the first three large houses, they were so pretty and there was so much excitement!” said interior design student Kaitlyn Parry.

Teachers interested in taking their class on a fieldtrip to Daybreak can make an appointment by contacting Daybreak at http://www.daybreakutah.com/.

 

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.