CHS students to attend national events

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

4 girls head to FCCLA, FBLA national competitions

Cassville High School junior Alyssa Pearman and senior Jerica Russell are a bit nervous for this summer, as it will be the first time the two will get to fly in an airplane.

Pearman and Russell will join Morgan Shumaker in flying to San Antonio for the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America National Leadership Conference July 6-10, and senior Elisha Michael will be driving to Nashville, Tenn., for the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference from June 29 to July 2.

"We are definitely proud to represent Cassville on a national level," Russell said. "We'll have some free time and get to go to workshops, and I think we'll get to go to Sea World [in San Antonio]."

The FCCLA trio qualified for the national conference by placing in the top 20 in the county in the digital stories for change category. The group made a film about staying healthy, touching on healthy eating, exercise and staying fit.

While the group was invited to the national conference, Pearman said there are a few tweaks to the video that will be made before being presented in San Antonio.

"There are little tweaks we can do to make the video better, like with the audio," she said. "The judges really liked our theme, which was, "Don't be a Statistic."'

Shumaker and Pearman attended last year's conference in Nashville, Tenn., and Shumaker said she's very excited to get to go again.

I've been to San Antonio once before, and I'm looking forward to it," she said. "We are all very excited."

Joining the FCCLA group in excitement is Michael, who will be driving to Nashville, Tenn., to attend her first FBLA National Leadership Conference.

"I'm very excited, and I hope to explore Nashville a bit," she said. "I think we're going to go to the zoo and to the Grand Ole Opry. I'm also excited to get to hang out with my advisor, Shelley Henderson, because we are really close."

Michael qualified for nationals by taking third place in her straight-to-state report on American Enterprise Day.

"We do an enterprise workshop here where the eighth-graders come in," she said. "They create fake products or services and do commercials for them and learn how to be entrepreneurs."

Michael said she hopes the national event will help her as she heads to Missouri Southern State University in Joplin this fall.

"Going to nationals should give me some experience on how to present reports, and I hope that will help me in college," she said.

According to Richard Asbill, Cassville superintendent, funding for the national conference trips is garnered through a combination of club fundraisers, district money and out-of-pocket money from students attending.

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