Members of the Wamego High School FCCLA Chapter along with their advisor, Tammy Biswell recently attended the 67th annual State Leadership Conference on April 7-9 in Wichita, Kansas.
With the theme of “Lead R Ship” the Kansas State Executive Council lead the conference in all the general sessions which included skits, official business, award recognition, a dynamic keynote given by Eddie Slowikowski about turning obstacles into opportunities, and attended several breakout sessions focused on community service, professionalism, and leadership, as well as they had the opportunity to explore future options through a college and career fair. With more than 1,500 FCCLA members in attendance, the conference was truly the ultimate leadership experience.
Members also competed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events. STAR Events are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. Nick Webb competed in the event Food Invocations in the occupational level and received gold. Caiti Boswell also competed in the event Food Innovations, senior category and received the top gold medal in her division. Both Caiti and Nick will represent Kansas at the National STAR event competitions in Nashville, Tennessee this summer.
In addition too, Desiree Pasillas received a silver ranking in the division, Job Interview. Cody Filbert completed his competitive division Leadership with a bronze medal. Jenna McCown earned a bronze medal in the National Programs in Action division. Annie Waegli earned a silver ranking in the competitive event Advocacy. Congratulations to all of the participants in representing District D at Kansas FCCLA Star events. Assisting with competitive events were attending members Sami Akin and Katelynn Kruse who assisted Mrs. Biswell with the Star event competitive category Focus on Children, Jr.
During the awards recognition ceremony at the opening session of the state conference the Wamego High School Chapter was honored with the following achievement awards; Kansas Community Service Award, Topaz Membership Award and the Kansas-National Programs in Action Award. Special recognition was also given to Mrs. Biswell for district advisor of the year. Cody Filbert newly elected District D Officer was installed into his office along with his district team members.Students enjoyed the close of the competition day with gala celebration and entertainment from a magician.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences education in public and private school through grade 12. FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making a difference in their families, careers, and communities by addressing important personal, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education.