Cassville FCCLA members attend National Leadership Conference

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Members of the Cassville FCCLA attended the National Leadership Conference June 30 through July 4 in California. Contributed photo

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)ís National Leadership Conference (NLC) was held June 30 through July 4 in Anaheim, Calif.

More than 8,700 participants from across the country gathered together to attend leadership and program trainings, hear national speakers, meet youth leaders from across the nation, participate in competitive events and explore college and career options.

More than 4,700 FCCLA members competed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events at NLC. STAR Events are competitive events in which members are recognized for their proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. Both youth and adults work together in managing the events and serving as evaluators of the participants. Students develop real world skills participating in STAR Events.†††

Events aim to support student development of knowledge and skills by enhancing the classroom experience and career pathway initiatives by equipping students with employable skills and industry insights needed to thrive in the 21st century. In order to advance to the national level in a STAR Event, members first compete at the district and state level. Ten Cassville FCCLA members were among those who advanced to national STAR Events competition.†††

Jordyn Stafford and Josie Guevara competed in Chapter Service Display and received a gold medal and 2nd place ranking in the event. Brody Barbee, Emilee Mann, and Lily Love competed in Chapter in Review Display and received a gold medal and 3rd place ranking in the event. Alyzea Meyers competed in Nutrition and Wellness and received a gold medal and 4th place ranking in the event. Dalia Phelps and Mary Hayse competed in Digital Stories for Change and received a gold medal and 6th place ranking in the event. Lexi Yockey and Samantha Sparkman competed in Focus on Children and received a silver medal in the event. In addition to the STAR Event competitors, Zac Acheson, Missouri FCCLA State Vice President of STAR Events attend the conference and completed his training to serve as a state officer this year.

The success of these students and the opportunity to travel to this conference was made possible through the generosity of local business donations, school funding and the community support of the organizations various fundraising activities.††

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective national 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 over 175,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.