Cassville FCCLA members attend state conference

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Learning to be leaders Cassville High School and middle school FCCLA members attended the Missouri FCCLA Leadership Conference in Columbia April 7 through April 9. Pictured above, from left, are: Rachel Lasley, Audrianna McCracken, Taylor Wolf, Brianna Wiertsema, Brenna Pendergraft, Samantha Fisher, Sarah Shumaker, Alyssa Pearman, Morgan Shumaker and Laura Stringer. Pictured below, from left, are: Krista Lowe; Skylar Lowe, Missouri FCCLA vice president of national programs; Paulette Lowe; and Jack Lowe.

A group of 11 Cassville High School and Middle School students attended the Missouri FCCLA Leadership Conference at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia April 7 through April 9.

Cassville students joined over 1,700 FCCLA members from across the state at this year's student-developed conference, which was centered around the theme "Mission Possible."

The conference featured speakers and workshops on a variety of topics, including: preparing for college and careers; leadership skills; bullying prevention; and technology's impact in education, careers and on the family. In addition to leadership training, more than 800 students took part in 33 competitive events, such as entrepreneurship, culinary arts, job interviews, career investigations and chapter service learning projects.

Cassville Middle School student Brenna Pendergraft earned a bronze medal in the category National Programs in Action. Cassville High School students Brianna Wiertsema and Taylor Wolf received a bronze medal in food innovations, and CHS senior Skylar Lowe received a silver medal in applied technology.

Morgan Shumaker and Alyssa Pearman, who are also CHS students, will advance to the FCCLA National STAR Events competition in Nashville, Tenn., this summer. The pair qualified in the digital stories for change category with a video that can be viewed online at

Lowe presided over the conference as a member of the Missouri FCCLA State Executive Council. She was also awarded a $2,000 Missouri FCCLA Career Cluster Scholarship during the event.

The Cassville High School FCCLA chapter currently has 73 members in seventh through 12th grades. Chapter advisors are Ann Ellis, middle school, and Samantha Cosper, high school.

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