Students from La Monte High School attended the 2013 Missouri, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference, April 7-9 at the Holiday Inn Select Executive Center in Columbia, Missouri. The delegates from across the state represented nearly 14,000 members of the Missouri FCCLA.
The following La Monte members attended the conference: Emily Blackburn, Brittany Green, Devin Weir, Cobey Martin, Joey Perez and Jason Thompson along with their advisor, Mrs. Doris Jolly. The conference was centered around the student planned theme of “Mission Possible with Missouri FCCLA!” Conference sessions focused on helping members strengthen and expand their abilities as public speakers, project planners, chapter organizers, and responsible family members and community leaders.
Awards, honors, and recognition were given to outstanding individuals and chapters as well as the announcement of the State STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Competitive Events winners. Emily Blackburn and Brittany Green received gold medals in the National Programs in Action event with their Docu-Drama project focusing the dangers of texting and driving. They had the highest score in their category making them the state winners and advancing them on to the national level of competition.
The National FCCLA conference will be held in Nashville, Tenn., July 7-11.
FCCLA is unique among student organizations because projects and events, such as the State Leadership Conference, are planned and run by its student members. The prime focus of Missouri FCCLA, youth-centered leadership, helps members develop those “skills for life” (planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision-making, and interpersonal communication) necessary in the work place and home.