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Over 6,800 students develop leadership skills at national conference

Three Issaquah School District students earn FCCLA gold!

Friday, September 7, 2012

When more than 6,800 nationwide members, advisers, alumni, and guests of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), gathered in Orlando, Florida, July 8-12 for the 2012 National Leadership Conference, Issaquah High School junior Vyvian Luu and 2012 Skyline graduates Lindsey Brown and Haley Connors and their advisors Alexis Davison and Lesha Engels were among them. This year’s student-originated theme for the annual national meeting was “#reality check,” (inspired by social media). Throughout the five-day convention, participants examined and discussed several critical issues, including family, school and community, violence prevention, physical as well as financial fitness, future career exploration and countless community service projects.

A number of relevant youth issues, such as the changing roles of men and women in the home and workplace, leadership, and obesity prevention were also explored at the meeting through presentations, workshops, and youth sessions.

  • Over 3,600 students competed in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) which are competitive events that build proficiency and achievement in leadership and job-related skills. Vyvian, Lindsey, and Haley represented the state of Washington in their events and each earned GOLD!
  • A donation of $37,488.71 was presented to Share Our Strength from National FCCLA to fight childhood hunger. In addition, over 15,000 pairs of shoes were collected to benefit Soles4Souls.
  • 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 over 200,000 members and over 6,500 chapters from 50 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. Out of 87,994 students from across the country, 55% of students believe that FCCLA has a positive impact on their academic performance.

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