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Cassville FCCLA Members Attended National Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN

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597f866de6b6fleft to right Britney Nowak, Collin Pearman, Kaylyn Bryant, and Coleman Hoppes
Kaylyn Bryant and Collin Pearman, Digital Stories for Change Gold Medal Winners
Britney Nowak, Teach and Train Gold Medal Winner
left to right Britney Nowak, Collin Pearman, Kaylyn Bryant, and Coleman Hoppes

July 2017 – Cassville FCCLA members joined more than 7,500 FCCLA student leaders, members, and advisers at the Music City Center in Nashville, TN, July 2nd-6th to participate in the annual FCCLA National Leadership Conference (NLC).  The conference provided students opportunities for listening to inspiring speakers, attending learning sessions, competing on the national level, and networking with other leaders. The theme of this year’s conference was “Unlimited Possibilities,” which inspired attendees to discover the unlimited possibilities within their reach while exploring career opportunities, developing leadership skills, and growing personally while making difference in their families and communities.

Coleman Hoppes was one of two Missouri candidates for National Office.  He went through interviews with various committees and voting delegates, participated in networking sessions with business and industry partners, and addressed the delegation with a prepared speech.  Coleman made it into the top 20 candidates, but unfortunatley was not chosen to serve as one of the ten national officers.   

Kaylyn Bryant, Collin Pearman and Britney Nowak competed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events.  Kaylyn and Collin received a gold medal in the event Digital Stories for Change.  For this event they created a youtube video focused on highlighting the importance of making good financial decisions as a teen and promoting the FCCLA Financial Fitness program.  Britney Nowak recieved a gold medal in the event Teach and Train.  For this event Britney shadowed an elementary teacher. She researched the career of elementary teacher and went on to use her skills from the Teach and Train class at CHS to plan and teach a lesson to 3rd grade students. FCCLA STAR events support foundational, leadership, and workplace skills. These students were among 4,200 STAR Event competitors in Nashville.  

Students were accompanied by Cassville FCCLA Adviser, Samantha Cosper.  The Cassville FCCLA chapter would like to send out a special thank you to the Cassville R-IV school, McDonalds, Starchman Insurance, and Les Jacobs Ford for their help and assistance.  They would also like to thank the many businesses and individuals who helped us raise funds for this trip by attending McFCCLA Night and purchasing from our lunch delivery fundraiser.  This trip would not be possible without your support.  

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective career and technical 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 164,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from 49 state associations, in addition to 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.