FCCLA members attend Leadership Conference

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
CHS and CMS students take time out of their busy schedule to create a memory with a group photo during the 2017 FCCLA State Leadership Conference, which was held in Osage Beach March 19-21. Contributed photo

Students from Cassville Middle and High School attended the annual Missouri Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference on March 19-21, at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach. There were more than 1,600 students (grades six-12) and teachers in attendance.

Twenty Cassville FCCLA members attended the conference, along with two local chapter advisors. The student-developed conference theme was 'Channel into Leadership.'

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 the family. In addition to leadership training, honors and recognition, more than 720 students participated in 30 competitive events, including early childhood education, entrepreneurship, culinary arts, fashion design, career investigation, chapter service learning projects and sports nutrition. 

CHS and CMS State STAR Event participants were, front row, from left: Mary Hayse, Makayla Harvey, Willow Linton and Lily Love. Back row: Robert Elliott, Hayley Nape, Dalia Phelps, Britney Nowak and Laura Stringer. Contributed photo

The following Cassville FCCLA members competed in STAR Events at the state level:

Dalia Phelps, Mary Hayse, and Hayley Nape received Silver in Focus on Children in the Senior award category. Their project was titled, 'Use Your Manners, Please.' They developed and taught a lesson on the importance of manners to first-grade students. 

Willow Linton and Michaela Harvey received a Bronze medal in National Programs in Action in the Junior award category. Their project was titled, 'The Hunger Project.' They worked to raise awareness of hunger in our community and collected food items to be donated.

CHS FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) student Coleman Hoppes was elected as one of two Missouri National Officer candidates at the 2017 State Leadership Conference. He will run for a national office position this summer. Contributed photo

Laura Stringer received a Gold in Career Investigation in the Senior award category. For her project, she investigated the speech pathologist career, did extensive research and participated in a job shadowing experience.

Robert Elliott received a Silver in Sports Nutrition in the Senior award category. He developed a nutrition and hydration plan, and workout regimen designed to meet the goals and needs of an athlete training for a power lifting competition.

Lily Love received a Gold in Recycle and Redesign in the Junior award category. She created a new dress made completely from recycled paper. 

Britney Nowak received a Gold in Teach and Train in the Senior award category. Her project involved researching the teaching career, planning and implementing a lesson in her Teach and Train practicum class, and job shadowing an elementary school teacher.

Collin Pearman and Kaylyn Bryant received a Gold in Digital Stories for Change in the Senior award category. They developed a video to address the topic of financial fitness.

Competitors Britney Nowak, Collin Pearman and Kaylyn Bryant will advance to National STAR Events Competition.  

In addition to competitive events, Cassville FCCLA members Zac Acheson, Willow Linton, and Hope Boston were named as FCCLA Leaders to Watch. 

Coleman Hoppes was elected as one of the two Missouri FCCLA National Officer Candidates. He will run for a position on the FCCLA National Executive Council at National Leadership Conference this summer in Nashville, Tenn. 

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a Career and Technical Student Organization for young men and women enrolled in family and consumer sciences education courses. Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making a difference in their families, careers and communities by addressing important personal, work and societal issues. The Missouri association ranks fifth in the nation in membership, with more than 9,800 members. There are more than 320 FCCLA chapters across the state.