Members from the Winner FCCLA Chapter joined over 1,500 members, advisers, and guests who attended the South Dakota FCCLA [Family, Career and Community Leaders of America] Leadership Conference held on April 7-10 at the Denny Sanford Convention Center/Sheraton Hotel in Sioux Falls. The theme was “Be !nspired by FCCLA” and the convention was a huge success.
A team of seven officers serve on the state executive council and presided over the meeting. Their term as a state officer concluded at the closing session. Members attended workshops, competed in STAR [Students Taking Action with Recognition] Events and Knowledge Bowl, and ran for leadership positions.
Kent Julian, an author and dual business owner, was the keynote speaker on Sunday night during the opening general session. On Sunday and Monday students had the opportunity to attend workshops presented by leadership team members, FCCLA officers, and guest presenters along with being involved trying out a driving simulator, participating in service projects, and visiting the career fair.
The second general session of awards and special recognition took place Monday evening. Sadie Woods, Emmarie Kaiser, and Shelby Scott competed in the Talent Show Monday afternoon. Emmarie Kaiser was a finalist! All girls sang and Shelby Scott also played her Ukulele.
On Tuesday morning, STAR Event results were announced. Local results from the Winner Chapter include Sadie Woods and Katy Lantz, Silver, Megan Brozik, Gold, and Shelby Scott, Silver. Members who advance to the National competition will travel to Atlanta, Ga., to represent South Dakota in their respective event at the National FCCLA Leadership Conference June 28- July 2.
FCCLA stands for Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America and was first established in 1945. FCCLA was chartered in South Dakota in 1946. FCCLA is the only youth-led organization with the family as its central focus. This career-technical student organization prepares youth to assume adult roles in society as wage earners, community leaders, and caring family members by giving them important life skills needed to thrive in their families, careers, and communities. Members learn how to be active community leaders, caring family members, and prepare for life beyond high school.