July 2018 –More than 7,500 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country gathered in Atlanta, GA, for the 2018 National Leadership Conference. The meeting provided Stafford Technical Center FCCLA members with the opportunity to attend leadership and program training, hear national speakers, meet the National Executive Council, explore colleges and careers, and be Inspired with FCCLA. Stafford Technical Center human services students Lyonnie Bohannon (RHS), Anna Krans-Gould (OVUHS), and Emily Silva (FHUHS) attended the conference with their instructor, Susan Densmore.
FCCLA’s STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. Youth and adults work together to manage the events and serve as evaluators of the participants. 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 support students’ development of knowledge and skills by enhancing the classroom experience and career pathway initiatives while participating in work-based learning and developing college and career-ready skills.
FCCLA offers over 30 STAR Events. These events, which include Early Childhood Education, Illustrated Talk, and Sports Nutrition, among others, represent college and career readiness skills taught in Family and Consumer Sciences classrooms. Members compete at the District, State, and National level. This year, Lyonnie Bohannon and Anna Krans-Gould wer
e among over 4,200 STAR Event participants who competed in Atlanta, GA. Lyonnie and Anna competed in the illustrated Talk event. Their team project focused on .the effects of drug abuse in Vermont. Lyonnie and Anna received silver medals in the event.
Emily Silva (FHUHS) participated in the state flag portion of the opening ceremony and served as a voting delegate for the state of Vermont
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 more than 160,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from 49 state associations, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members, and it’s the only career and technical in-school student organization with a central focus on careers that support families. Participation in national FCCLA programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.