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Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) brought more than 7,000 student leaders, members and advisers to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas to participate in the 70th annual National Leadership Conference.
National Leadership Conference provided opportunities for students and advisers to come together for fun and to listen to inspiring speakers, as well as to expand their leadership skills, sharpen their talents and explore possible career pathways. The theme of this year’s conference was “SOAR” and attendees were challenged to go beyond what was expected of them to make lasting, positive impressions in their families, schools and communities.
“We were delighted to gather great speakers, leadership development initiatives and the energy of the thousands of students who came to San Antonio for this conference, but realize the best part is that these students will use the event as a platform to make a difference in their own cities and states when they return home,” said Sandy Spavone, executive director of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
As part of that platform, FCCLA students who attended the meetings in San Antonio gathered and donated baby supplies for the on-site community service project, Operation Homefront.
The students had the opportunity to present all of the baby supplies they collected to Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization that provides emergency, financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. Operation Homefront will distribute the supplies to through their Star Spangled Babies baby shower program.
This program builds morale by providing baby showers to our service members and their growing families.
FCCLA offers over 30 Family and Consumer Sciences related events, also known as STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) events.
These events include Culinary Arts, Knowledge Bowl, Career Investigation, and Fashion Construction to name a few. Members compete at the District, State and National level. This year, over 4200 STAR Event participants competed this week in San Antonio. This is the largest number of competitors at any National STAR Events competition.
Several Grant County High School students competed in a variety of events at the national level. Advisers Whitney Hilterbran and Anna Sullinger are incredibly proud of the hard work by their students.
Competition results are listed below:
• Hayley Leach - gold, advocacy, senior division
• Allison Dicks and Tyler Jackson - gold, sports nutrition, senior division
• Brady Vaughn and Brianna Cid - silver, applied math for culinary management, senior division
• Olivia Cahill - gold, recycle and redesign, senior division