Cassville FCCLA attends National Leadership Conference

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Pictured in photo, from left, are Cassville FCCLA members Britney Nowak, Collin Pearman, Kaylyn Bryant and Coleman Hoppes. The four students attended the organization’s National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn., July 2-6, bringing home awards. Contributed photo

Cassville FCCLA members joined more than 7,500 FCCLA student leaders, members, and advisers at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn., July 2-6, to participate in the organization's annual FCCLA National Leadership Conference (NLC).

The conference provided opportunities for students to listen to inspiring speakers, attend learning sessions, compete on the national level, and network with other leaders. The theme of this year’s conference was Unlimited Possibilities, which inspired attendees to discover the unlimited possibilities within their reach while exploring career opportunities, developing leadership skills, and growing personally while making difference in their families and communities.

Cassville FCCLA member Coleman Hoppes was one of two Missouri candidates for National Office. He went through interviews with various committees and voting delegates, participated in networking sessions with business and industry partners, and addressed the delegation with a prepared speech.  Coleman made it into the Top 20 candidates, but unfortunatley was not chosen to serve as one of the organization’s 10 national officers.   

Pictured in photo is Kaylyn Bryant and Collin Pearman, Digital Stories for Change Gold Medal winners at FCCLA’s National Leadership Conference, which took place in July in Nashville, Tenn. Contributed photo

Cassville FCCLA members Kaylyn Bryant, Collin Pearman and Britney Nowak competed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events. Bryant and Pearman received a gold medal in the event, Digital Stories for Change. For the activity, they created a YouTube video focused on highlighting the importance of making good financial decisions as a teen, and promoting the FCCLA Financial Fitness program. Nowak recieved a gold medal in the event Teach and Train, in which she shadowed an elementary teacher. She researched the career of elementary teacher, and went on to use her skills from the Teach and Train class at CHS to plan and teach a lesson to third-grade students.

FCCLA STAR events support foundational, leadership and workplace skills. The Cassville students were among 4,200 STAR Event competitors in Nashville.  

Students were accompanied by Cassville FCCLA Adviser Samantha Cosper. The Cassville FCCLA chapter would like to send special thanks to the Cassville school district, McDonald’s, Starchman Insurance, and Les Jacobs Ford for their help and assistance. They would also like to thank the many businesses and individuals who helped us raise funds for their trip by attending McFCCLA Night and purchasing from the group’s lunch delivery fundraiser. Cosper stated that the trip would not have been possible without the businesses’ support.  

Pictured in photo is Cassville FCCLA member Britney Nowak, Teach and Train Gold Medal winner at FCCLA’s National Leadership Conference, which took place in July in Nashville, Tenn. Contributed photo

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective career and technical 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 more than 164,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from 49 state associations, in addition to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The FCCLA’s Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members, and it’s the only career and technical in-school student organization with a central focus on careers that support families. Participation in national FCCLA programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.