By Abbegail Robinson
Students from Van-Far High School attended the annual Missouri Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference, March 25-27, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia.
The delegates from across the state represented more than 11,000 members of Missouri FCCLA. The following Vandalia FCCLA members attended the conference: Hailey Hopke, Jessica Hurd, Sarah Sutton, Kristin Beatty, and Abbi Kuda.
Local chapter advisor, Mrs. Teresa Klott also attended.
This year’s student-developed conference theme was “Dare to Be Different: Not Just Another Teen Conference.” The conference featured speakers and workshops on topics such as preparing for college and careers, leadership skills, bullying prevention, and technology’s impact in education, careers, and on the family. In addition to leadership training, honors and recognition, more than 800 students participated in 33 competitive events, including entrepreneurship, culinary arts, job interviews, preparation for careers in education, and chapter service learning projects.
The Van-Far FCCLA chapter received and award for increasing membership in the 2011-12 school year. The Van-Far Jr. High FCCLA was recognized for their achievement in the Show Me 5 category for increasing their membership by five or more members. The following Van-Far members received awards for completing all five Power of One units: Jessica Hurd, Kambrie Hartsell, Shelby Brinkley, and Mari Parrish.
They received a certificate from Missouri FCCLA and their name has been forwarded to the National FCCLA office for recognition.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for young men and women enrolled in family and consumer sciences education courses. Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making a difference in their families, careers, and communities by addressing important personal, work, and societal issues.
The Missouri association ranks fourth in the nation in membership with more than 11,000 members. There are 326 FCCLA chapters across the state.