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Vol. 44, No. 54

July 2, 2010

Missouri Students to Compete at National FCCLA Conference

More than 220 Missouri students, teachers and guests will travel to Chicago this weekend to participate in the 65th annual FCCLA National Leadership Conference.  The four-day event starts Sunday and will attract more than 6,100 attendees for leadership training, career exploration, national officer elections and competitive events.

FCCLA, or Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, is the national career and technical student organization connected with family and consumer sciences education programs.

Nearly 90 Missouri students will go up against national competition in family and consumer sciences events.  They became eligible by earning top honors in state FCCLA competitions held earlier this year.  The students will compete in such career events as culinary arts, early childhood, interior design and teaching. Other events will showcase skills in public speaking, entrepreneurship and technology.

FCCLA chapters from Hermann, Maysville and Ste. Genevieve will be recognized for winning national program awards in the areas of career exploration, financial education and violence prevention.

“Missouri has a proud history of promoting student leadership in organizations such as FCCLA,” said Christine Hollingsworth, state FCCLA advisor at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

“These students not only showcase their career-ready competitive skills and talents, but also work equally hard to develop personal leadership skills that often result in service back to their local communities,” Hollingsworth said.

Missouri FCCLA is the fifth largest state association with over 12,000 members.  The national organization has more than 200,000 members.

The Missouri delegation will be utilizing social media to keep their peers and families informed throughout the conference.