July 18, 2013
More than 7,000 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country gathered in Nashville for the FCCLA 2013 National Leadership Conference July 6-11, 2013.
The conference is based on the student-originated theme “Discover Your Voice.”
Elkin High School FCCLA members Emily Phillips, Erin Fritz, and Hannah Freeman participated in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) while attending the FCCLA National Leadership Conference.
This group received GOLD medals in Interpersonal Communications, one of 31 national STAR Events available to FCCLA students.
Their medals were presented at a recognition session honoring all participants at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center on Thursday, July 11. Thousands of members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the nation attended this meeting.
Approximately 3,600 students advanced from the local, regional, and state level of STAR Events to the national meeting.
Emily, Erin, and Hannah also attended many workshops to further develop their leadership skills. Another session they attended was for the nonprofit organization Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks will be the FCCLA National Outreach Project for the next two years.
Ellie Hooper also attended this conference as the North Carolina FCCLA State President.
While at the conference Ellie completed the national leadership training titled “The FCCLA Leadership Academy.” The Leadership Academy is a series of year-long leadership training that allow students to customize their leadership development journey by choosing courses that fit their needs and interests.
Through the program, members are given the opportunity to gain leadership training and be recognized for their self-improvement efforts. Sessions took place at the National Leadership Conference and will continue through national meetings, state involvement, and online coursework. The Leadership Academy offers four concentrations including: FCCLA Ultimate Leader, Student Leadership Challenge Achiever, Expert Advocate, and Master State Officer.
Ellie also lead the North Carolina state meetings held while in Nashville, and she served as a voting delegate on behalf of the state of North Carolina. She attended and participated in numerous interviews and speeches of FCCLA National Officer Candidates.
These Elkin High School Students also participated in an onsite community service project that will benefit LP PENCIL Box. On location of the 2013 National Leadership Conference, FCCLA and LP PENCIL Box collaborated to host an educational and art supply drive to help provide supplies for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Since 1982, LP PENCIL Box has helped provide needed school supplies for the Nashville metro.
Throughout the year, FCCLA members tackle issues such as teen violence prevention, traffic safety, family issues, career exploration, and much more. FCCLA programs and competitions enrich student learning, improve self-esteem, and serve students with a range of ability levels, economic situations, and cultural influences.
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 200,000 members and over 6,500 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.
FCCLA: 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.