Students in the Washington County High School chapter of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) recently participated in a national leadership conference held July 1-7, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Attendees participated in sessions that challenged and informed them and their advisers about all of the things you can accomplish through FCCLA. Along with around 6,500 other members and chapter advisers throughout the nation, WCHS members qualified to attend the conference. These were Elizabeth Medley (graduate), Jordan Wheatley (graduate), Mary Medley (sophomore), Anne Claire Smith (sophomore), Kennedy Cochran (sophomore), Nayeli Lemus (sophomore), and Cynthia Pickett (sophomore).
The national theme “UP”, provided attendees with information to take back to their state and school chapter about the “Unlimited Possibilities” that are granted to those who are involved in FCCLA.
In March at the State Leadership Conference, Washington County FCCLA had several members qualify to compete in a National STAR Event (Students Taking Action with Recognition). Each member who attended the National Leadership Conference participated in STAR Events on a much larger scale. The following members placed at the national level:
- Elizabeth Medley and Jordan Wheatley- Chapter Service Project Portfolio Sr.- Silver
- Mary Medley and Anne Claire Smith- Promote and Publicize Jr.- Gold
- Kennedy Cochran- Food Innovations Jr.- Silver
- Nayeli Lemus and Cynthia Pickett- Interpersonal Communications Jr.- Bronze
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. By participating in the National Leadership Conference, WCHS members were among an elite group of young leaders. Very few schools in Kentucky are fortunate enough to be home of 2 gold medalists, 3 silver medalists, and 2 bronze medalists.
The students were escorted by chapter adviser Sarah Raikes, WCHS principal Malissa “Missy” Hutchins and Superintendent Dr. J. Robin Cochran and parent chaperone Julie Medley.