WRV FCCLA members at FCCLA State Leadership Conference 2020.
The #INFCCLA2020 State Leadership Conference was an amazing experience for WRV FCCLA members. WRV took 12 members to this year’s state conference and there were over 1100 people in attendance and 888 projects for STAR events, state projects and prostart competitions from across the Indiana. This year at conference awards were earned, lessons were learned and memories were made.
WRV brought home two membership awards.
‘Expanding Your Horizons’ recognized WRV FCCLA for increasing our chapter membership by 10 percent. ‘30/30 Club’ recognized WRV FCCLA for affiliating at least 30 members by the 30th day of September 2019. These awards show the dedication and strength of WRVs FCCLA.
Many members were recognized for their efforts in completing FCCLA state projects. Members submitted projects completed in class: Early Childhood- Learning Pac, Healthy Childhood: Healthy Snack, Healthy Choices = Healthy Teens and Environmental Consumer Options, as well as projects completed over FCCLA: Focus on the Basics. In the end, WRV brought home five gold, two silver, one bronze and three participation honors.
This was the first year for WRV members to compete in STAR Events.
Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) events are competitive events in which members compete at the region/district, state, and national level and are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills and career preparation. STAR events allow students to compete individually or as a team. There are more than 30 STAR events students can choose to compete in, all which recognize participants who demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities to actively identify an issue concerning families, careers, or communities, research the topic and develop and implement a project to advocate for positive change. See www.fcclainc.org for more information.
Riley Reed submitted and presented the jean pocket pillows that were made and donated as part our service learning project in Fashion and Textiles this year. She took an example pillow, made a tri-fold poster and prepared a speech. Lexi Fulford stayed with her while she waited to present her project. It is so great to see the members support and encourage one another as they take on new challenges.
Madison Koenig completed the Say Yes to FCS Star project. This project required Madison to complete research, prepare a lesson plan, lead a class, organize her materials and present the project. Before her presentation she made a friend who helped her be successful in delivering her presentation. It is amazing to see FCCLA members from around the state come together to achieve success.
In the end, both members earned silver honors for their work.
There was so much to learn at this year’s state conference. When we got there we began learning lessons in leadership and professionalism from Ryan Moran, motivational speaker and teacher. He helped us realize the important role of leaders and how one introduces themself to new people. We also heard how The Farmer’s Wife Boutique got started and all the struggles and benefits of starting and running a business.
Teachers had special sessions to learn about a program called Lead4Change and how it can be used to help students realize and overcome community needs.
There were also many memories made. We had many opportunities to bond while dining. Pizza in the hotel lobby, pasta at the conference and the Chamber’s Smorgasbord on our way home. Each meal had us chatting and laughing. We also got to attend a dance at the conference. The dance had fun music, black lights, putt putt, dodgeball and cotton candy. We have made it a tradition to do a scenic detour and stop at Cataract Falls on the way home. It was so fun to spend special time together.
“The conference was a good opportunity to meet new people and get closer with people from my own school,” said Christiane Davis.
“My favorite part of the trip was being able to meet so many new friends and bonding with each other as we stuck together through the trip,” Madison Koenig said.
“My favorite part of the trip was being able to meet all the new people,” Keelin Coulter said.
“It was an awesome experience to be brought closer to my fellow FCCLA members,” said Kylie Palmer, “And to be recognized on a state level. It was definitely the best part of my year.”
Even parent volunteers had a great time.
“I liked getting to know the girls,” said parent volunteer Rhoda Davis. “I also enjoyed observing them. When we first arrived, the girls took charge of getting registered and turning in their state projects. I was so proud of them. FCCLA has helped them mature into responsible young women who are not afraid to jump in and try new things.”
I look forward to the FCCLA state conference each year. It is so fun to see WRV FCCLA members experience conferences. They learn, grow, lead and have fun.
Betsy Misner has been the Family and Consumer Science, formerly Home Economics, teacher at White River Valley for over a decade. Her motivation is helping students to strive for strong, happy, healthy families and providing career pathways. Check out more of what is happening in the classroom by following her on Twitter: WRVFACS@BetsyMisner