CHS FCCLA members attend State Leadership Conference

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Students from Cassville Family, Career and Community Leaders of America club recently attended the annual Missouri FCCLA State Leadership Conference at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia.

The delegates from across the state represented more than 11,500 members of Missouri FCCLA.

This year's student-developed conference theme was "FCCLA -- the Greatest Show on Earth." The conference featured speakers and workshops on topics such as preparing for college and careers, leadership skills, anti-bullying programs, and technology's impact in education, careers, and on the family.

In addition to leadership training, honors and recognition, more than 800 students participated in 31 competitive events, including early childhood education, entrepreneurship, culinary arts, fashion design, career investigation, chapter service learning projects and sports nutrition.

The following Cassville FCCLA members participated in STAR Event Competitive Activities at the conference.

Drake Thomas received Silver in the event Chapter in Review Portfolio. He developed a digital portfolio highlighting and documenting chapter activities for the 2013-2014 school year.

Cameron Koehler received Silver in the event Illustrated Talk. His talk centered around child abuse advocacy and awareness. Cameron hosted a "Get a Clue, Wear Blue: Stop Child Abuse Day" at Cassville High School. He raised over $100 to donate to Children's Miracle Network Never Shake A Baby Program.

Chris Bohanan and Kaylyn Bryant received Gold in the event Focus on Children. They developed and taught a lesson to first-grade students on the importance of getting exercise and making healthy foods choices. They also hosted a Healthy Kids Fair at the high school in March.

Savannah Lawrence and Megan Richter received Silver in the event Illustrated Talk. Their talk centered around the importance of hand washing. They spoke to all kindergarten classes and worked with students to teach them proper hand washing techniques.

In addition, the following members participated digitally in FCCLA Online Competitive Events.

Andrew Whitham, Nathan Vitt and Kourtney Greek received a Level 1 certificate for their work planning and creating a chapter website, which can be viewed at

Morgan Shumaker, Alyssa Pearman and Jerrica Russell will be advancing on to Level 2 competition at FCCLA National Leadership Conference in July for their work in the event Digital Stories for Change. Their digital story focuses on educating the public to make healthy food choices and to control portion distortion to combat the rising obesity numbers in our society. Their video may be viewed by visiting

The Cassville FCCLA chapter has 120 members in grades 7-12. They are supervised by chapter advisers Ann Ellis, Cassville Middle School family and consumer sciences teacher and Samantha Cosper, Cassville High School family and consumer sciences teacher.