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Students to discover leadership “magic”


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March 20, 2010

State FCCLA Conference Starts Sunday

The next three days may make a little “magic” for nearly 2,000 high school students attending the spring conference of the Missouri Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. “Discover the magic of leadership” is the theme for the event that starts Sunday (March 21-23). It will be held at the Holiday Inn Select Executive Center in Columbia.

The statewide conference is planned by its student leaders and will feature speakers and workshops on such topics as leadership and interpersonal skills, digital citizenship, and the power of choices.

“Our student leaders selected the theme to represent the special, even ‘magical,’ energy that is created through the educational sessions, leadership opportunities, competitive events and recognition ceremonies,” said Christine Hollingsworth, state FCCLA advisor with the Missouri Department of Education.

One of several outstanding keynote speakers Monday will be Tina Meier of the Megan Meier Foundation. She will share her daughter’s story to raise awareness and education about the dangers of bullying and cyber-bullying. Megan Meier’s suicide in 2006, just three weeks before her 14th birthday, was attributed to cyber-bullying through the social network website MySpace.

The family and consumer science students attending the event also will have opportunities to apply and reinforce what they learn in their core classes, such as math, science and English.

In addition to extensive leadership training, honors and recognition, more than 700 students will participate in 30 competitive events, including entrepreneurship, culinary arts, job interviews, parliamentary procedure, early childhood, chapter service projects and many others. Winners will advance to compete at the national level.

New to the conference this year will be a ‘social media team,’ a group of students selected to post real-time conference happenings to the Missouri FCCLA Facebook page, Twitter stream, and blog. (

FCCLA is a national student organization that promotes personal growth and leadership development through family and consumer sciences education. Leadership events help student members develop skills necessary in the workplace and in the home — planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making and interpersonal communication.


FCCLA is a nonprofit organization for young men and women in family and consumer sciences education in public and private schools through grade 12. Chartered in 1946, Missouri FCCLA has over 13,000 members in 400 local chapters, making it the fifth largest FCCLA state association in the U.S.

Conference program (pdf)