Nashville, Tenn. – More than 7,000 nationwide members, advisers, alumni and guests of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), gathered in Nashville, Tennessee, July 7-11 for the 2013 National Leadership Conference. Emily Blackburn and Brittany Green from La Monte High School were among them.
This year’s student-originated theme for the annual national meeting was “Discover Your Voice” Throughout the five-day convention, participants examined and discussed several critical issues, including family, school and community violence prevention, physical as well as financial fitness, future career exploration and countless community service projects.
Brittany and Emily along with their adviser, Mrs. Doris Jolly, will continue to work with other FCCLA members and advisers in Missouri to encourage others to discover their strengths, motivate members to target career goals, and initiate a plan to ignite youth leadership in the community.
The girls with over 3,600 other students competed in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) which are competitive events that build proficiency and achievement in leadership and job-related skills. Emily and Brittany received Gold Medals for their presentation in the National Programs in Action event. They presented information about the La Monte chapter’s service project that focused on traffic safety awareness. They presented with a power point, board display and a ten minute speech. They earned an overall score of 98 out of 100 points from three judges on the scoring guide.
About FCCLA: 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 200,000 members and over 5,500 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945. The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities. Photos submitted.