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FCCLA students attend national conference

Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Abbi Kuda, left, and Abbegail Robinson.

Abbi Kuda, left, and Abbegail Robinson.

Van-Far FCCLA students Abbegail Robinson and Abbi Kuda joined more than 7,000 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country gathered in San Antonio for the 2014 National Leadership Conference on July 6.
Abbi Kuda
The conference is based on the student-originated theme “SOAR.” Abbi Kuda, a sophomore at Van-Far R-I School District, was among the members who took part in STAR Event Competitions at the conference.
FCCLA offers 33 STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events. These events, which include Early Childhood Education, Job Interview, Sports Nutrition, and others, represent college and career readiness skills taught in Family and Consumer Sciences classroom. Members compete at the District, State, and National level. This year, Abbi was among over 4,200 STAR Event participants who competed in San Antonio. This is the largest number of competitors at any National STAR Events competition. Abbi competed in the Entrepreneurship category.   Her project focused on the chapter project of operating a school based business for the Christmas season.  Abbi received a silver medal in the event.
Abbegail Robinson
Abbegail Robinson, a junior at Van-Far R-I School district, attended the National Program Network. During the team training, Abbegail Robinson interacted with other members from around the nation. They worked together to come up with ideas that could help promote the FCCLA National Programs, and also how to integrate them into your club and community.
Abbegail Robinson is the Missouri State Vice-President of National Programs. Throughout the year, she will be going around to school and promoting the national programs, planning the Missouri Fall Leadership Conference and State Leadership Conference, and representing Region IV on the state level.
Abbegail Robinson is the daughter of Mathew and Esther Robinson. Her chapter adviser is Mrs. Teresa Klott.
During this five-day meeting, participants examined many of the issues facing youth, and worked toward gaining the life skills they need to meet those challenges through leadership workshops and competitive events.
For more information on FCCLA, please contact Mrs. Teresa KLott at 573-594-2193 or
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 more than 5,500 chapters from 49 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.  Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.