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Utah FCCLA Students Reach for the STARS

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.

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