Waukee FCCLA Advances to Nationals
Waukee Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) brought home five state wins from the Iowa FCCLA State Leadership Conference, which was held March 25-26. Winners will advance to nationals which will be held this summer, July 7-11, in Nashville, TN.
FCCLA is a new club/group in the high school that offers community service and leadership development. This is a 9-12 grade organization in our school, and the community service hours count toward the Silver Cord program.
State Leadership Conference is an opportunity for Iowa FCCLA members to celebrate the past year of hard work on various projects, as well as develop their leadership skills with members from around the state. The 2012-2013 year-long theme was “Ignite Your Light.” Outstanding leadership was demonstrated through participation in STAR Events, National Programs, and Peer Education by students in grades 7 through 12.
STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) are competitive events; which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, career preparation and leadership. The members receiving the highest score in each event category qualify to move on to the National STAR Event competition held at the 2013 National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Members from the Waukee FCCLA received the following medals in their respective categories: Lexi Ridout – Chapter Service Project Display Sr., gold medal; Kate Closson and Emma Graen – Chapter Service Project Display Jr., gold medal; Bethany Tarbox – Life Event Planning, gold medal; Kelsey Goodenow – Applied Technology, gold medal; Kelsey McDonald – Leadership, gold medal, Meredith Irmiter – Chapter Showcase Display Sr, silver medal; and Maddie McCormick – Focus on Children, silver medal.
Peer Education is a state-wide peer-to-peer learning program. Students can choose to be on one of four teams: Student Body, Public Relations, Financial Fitness, and Families First. Members then complete three creative projects revolving around their team’s theme and apply the planning process to successfully complete their project in order to educate other students about important themes in their team’s title. Members from Waukee FCCLA participated on a Peer Education team this year: Bethany Tarbox and Kelsey McDonald – Families First and Emma Graen and Kate Closson – Public Relations. Christy Tran, Taylor Royer, Meredith Senne and Kayla Kuethe were also members of the Families First team, but did not attend the conference.
Waukee FCCLA also took home second place in the statewide service learning project, March of Dimes. Students made and donated blankets for families in the children’s unit to use while staying in local hospitals. They also collected funds for March of Dimes and plan to participate in the walk on May 11.
At the conference, Waukee FCCLA was also recognized as a new chapter. Lexi was elected as the new First Vice President to represent Iowa FCCLA and Waukee High School principal, Kirk Johnson, received the Iowa FCCLA Administrator of the Year Award for all of the support he has provided to this new organization.
FCCLA is offered at Waukee for all students, males and females, in grades 9-12. There are several different ways to get involved. The biggest is service learning. Waukee FCCLA members focus on the needs of the community and how they can give back at the local, state, and national level. Waukee FCCLA currently has 50 members and continues to grow each year.