Maxwell's national FCCLA -- front row, from left: Jagger Baird, Zaylie Pelland, MacKenzie Vedder, ShaeLeigh Fletcher and Grant Vedder.
Back row, from left to right: Tate Gurciullo, Janie Sommer, Zoe Francescato, Myah Essman, Shea Frisbie, Megan Pendergast, Ellery Simpson, Grace Sommer and Danika Cumming. (Not shown--Kelsey Thomas)
The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America brought more than 7,500 student leaders, members and advisers to Nashville, Tenn. July 2–6 for the National Leadership Conference.Fifteen students, an assistant adviser, and 10 family members represented the Maxwell FCCLA.
The conference allowed students and advisers to come together to learn new initiatives in the organization, hear from inspiring speakers, expand leadership skills, sharpen talents and explore career pathways.
The theme of the conference was “Unlimited Possibilities” and attendees were challenged to discover and grow their potential to make change in their local communities, schools, and families.
The eight officers of the Nebraska FCCLA team participated in the Leadership Academy.
Kelsey Thomas represented Maxwell.
The FCCLA Leadership Academy develops leadership, employability, and 21st century skills and gives members the opportunity to be recognized for personal growth. Through the program, members explore and practice essentials for the roles of family member, wage earner and community leader.
Thomas will be serving as vice-president of public relations for the 2017-18 Nebraska State Officer Team.
Also, more than 30 Family and Consumer Sciences related events, also known as STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition), where held for more than 5,000 participants.
Overall, Nebraska members brought home 48 Top Ten award winning events and in all, 94 gold medals, 37 silver medals, and 10 bronze medals, with multiple individuals and teams scoring in the top 10 nationally.
In ninth place, gold medals
• Ellery Simpson – Career Investigation Jr.
• ShaeLeigh Fletcher, Zoe Francescato and Zaylie Pelland– Chapter Service Project Display Jr.
STAR event gold medalists:
• Grace Sommer, Janie Sommer and Tate Gurciullo-Chapter in Review Portfolio Sr.
• Megan Pendergast—Illustrated Talk Sr.
• Shea Frisbie and Myah Essman - promote and publicize FCCLA Jr.
• MacKenzie Vedder, Grant Vedder and Jagger Baird - Chapter Service Project Portfolio Jr.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a dynamic and effective career and technical student organization that helps students become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues.
FCCLA has more than 164,000 members in more than 5,300 chapters from 49 state associations, in addition to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
FCCLA 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. Nebraska FCCLA is supported through the Nebraska Center for Student Leadership and Extended Learning at the Nebraska Department of Education.