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FCCLA members attend conference

Michelle Poler, Inspirational Speaker
Monday, November 26, 2018

Youth from the East Central/Sunman-Dearborn Middle School chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America recently participated in a weekend leadership conference in Louisville, Kentucky, according to adviser Brenda Osman.

Attendees participated in a weekend of trainings and sessions that challenged, informed and motivated members and their advisers to become leaders through FCCLA. In addition to more than 1,800 other members and chapter advisers, East Central's FCCLA advisers Osman and Ashley McConnell and SDMS adviser Tammy Neltner attended along with students Molly Graham, Hannah Weiler, Alli Beard, Hayley Lewis, Eva Grimm, Madison Miller, Lydia Trabel, John Lake, Maria Deddens, Maddie Zurweller, Josie Volpenhein, Katelynn Osman, Natalie Klei, Lacey Kelly, Natalie Douthit, Emily Taylor, Camryn Randolph, Jocelyn Hylton, Chassidy Stewart, Jenna Stewart, Britney Dole, Katie Baier, Becca Tupper and Colin Turner.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Believe in Yourself” and attendees were challenged to gain new ideas from the workshops, grow from their participation in the competitive events and leave the meeting with the ability to “Believe in Yourself” and be prepared for their future. These youth leaders also networked through meeting with other leaders and developed their leadership skills. In addition, chapter members learned more about future career and college options, and they found ways to inspire others.

The keynote speaker was Michelle Poler who empowered the future leaders to live with courage, find their authenticity and embrace their growth paths. She was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, to a family of Holocaust survivors, Poler was accustomed to living with fear. But when she moved to New York to pursue a master’s degree in branding at the School of Visual Arts, she quickly realized that NYC was not for the fearful. In an effort to rewrite her definition of fear, she completed a project where she faced 100 fears in 100 days.

The closing session speaker was Blake Fly, who used live music, storytelling and appropriate humor to provide students with the keys to unlock their full potential in ways to inspire their peers to do the same. Fly showed students how to access all of the opportunities available to them and provided tools to immediately implement these examples.

Through these speakers, students and advisers were empowered to come back to their local communities and to share the concept of “Believe in Yourself” by helping others and making a difference.

The FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl is a three-level, team competition that challenges students' knowledge of all aspects of personal finance, consumer rights and responsibilities, technology, health and safety, the environment and FCCLA knowledge. Members participated in both online and on-site levels of competition. The East Central Family and Consumer Science Knowledge Bowl team of Molly Graham, Hannah Weiler, Alli Beard, Hayley Lewis and Eva Grimm placed first out of 25 teams and will move onto the final round of competition at the National FCCLA Conference in Anaheim, California, next July.

Skill demonstration events were also held at the conference, featuring students participating in a wide variety of competitive activities. Events included several oratory and FCCLA-specific knowledge competitions, demonstrations of college and career-ready skills in FACS and exhibitions of culinary skills.

Several East Central/Sunman Dearborn FCCLA members competed at the National Cluster Meeting. In the Culinary Math Challenge Event, Occupational Division, Katelynn Osman received third place. Receiving first place in the Interviewing Skills Event, Junior Division, was Maria Deddens. In the Fashion and Textiles Challenge Event, Occupational Division, Britney Dole received first place. Emily Taylor received first place in the Occupational Division of Science in FACS Challenge Event.

Natalie Douthit, chapter officer, said, “This was the first national cluster meeting I have attended, and it was a great conference."

While in Louisville, Kentucky, FCCLA members also had the opportunity to do some sightseeing including visiting the downtown area and the Louisville Slugger Bat Museum.

Louisville, Kentucky, is one of two nationally sponsored training conferences this fall. The National Cluster Meetings are designed to allow local students and teachers to take advantage of high-quality leadership training opportunities. A meeting was also held in Phoenix, Arizona.

“We’re so proud of the positive steps that FCCLA members are taking to be leaders in their families, communities and schools,” commented executive director Sandy Spavone. “Today’s teens need tools and opportunities to be college and career ready, and they need the opportunity to give back to others. We feel our meeting did both of those things and more.”

Source : https://www.batesvilleheraldtribune.com/news/local_news/fccla-members-attend-conference/article_7c513049-c44d-5ac5-ab3f-1219dd9de922.html

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