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Nebraska FCCLA Members Break Barriers at the 2019 State Leadership Conference

April 30, 2019

Over 1,300 students from all areas of Nebraska gathered for the FCCLA State Leadership Conference held in Lincoln, Nebraska April 7-9 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.  


Over the three-day conference, students participated in large group and small group sessions and workshops led by many inspiring speakers on relevant youth issues. Topics included lowering stress, healthy relationships, preventing dating violence, learning personal safety, entrepreneurship, safe social media, careers in FCS, and much more.  


Students also checked out the Opportunity Fair to connect with partners they can work with on local projects as well as visiting with a large variety of colleges and universities from the Midwest to discover post-secondary opportunities.


In addition to the great sessions, students had the opportunity to give back to the Lincoln community through the FCCLA Service opportunities.  Over 125 students participated in service projects at places such as People’s City Mission, Child Advocacy Center, Lincoln Children’s Zoo, and Catholic Social Services Transition Home. Chapters were also asked to bring common household and toiletry items to donate to the Friendship Home. We collected over 5,105 items to donate to the organization to help people and families recovering from domestic violence.  Members also had the opportunity to choose from many tour options such as Hudl, Johnny Carson School of Theater, as well as several other tourist destinations across Lincoln.


The Clarkson-Leigh Chapter fared very well.  

They received the Silver Star Chapter Award.  They also received the Outstanding National Program Award in the following Categories: Career Connection, 3rd place; Community Service, 4th place; Families First, 6th place; STOP the Violence, 7th place.


Many members also competed in individual or group events. Kennedy Settje and Beth Wiese received Power of One Certificates.

The STAR competitors received the following awards: Chapter Service Project Display, Sr. Cassidy Hoffman, Ashlynn Novotny, Reagan Settje– GOLD; Chapter Service Project Portfolio, Sr. Kayden Schumacher, Madisyn Pelan, Bailey Lemburg– SILVER; Environmental Ambassador, Sr. Taylor Larson, Payje Rayback– SILVER; Interpersonal Communication, Sr. Paige Moore, Mitchel Beeson – SILVER.


Another highlight of the State Conference was that Mrs. Megan Hillen was even recognized for being such an outstanding advisor. Because she volunteers so much of her time to FCCLA and making sure all of her members succeed, the officer team nominated her for the Advisor Committed to Excellence Award. She received this award and was recognized at the Business and Recognition Ceremony.


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