CONTACT:  Michele Clark
Communications Coordinator

Vol. 45, No. 22

March 25, 2011

FCCLA Will ‘Roll Out the Red Carpet’ on Sunday

FCCLA logo

More than 1,700 high school students and teachers will gather this weekend for the 65th annual Missouri Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference.  The conference will run from March 27-29 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia.

“Roll Out the Red Carpet of Leadership” is the student-developed theme of this year’s conference, which will feature speakers and workshops on preparing for college and careers, stress-management skills, bullying prevention, and the impact of technology on different areas of our lives.

One type of technology that will play a direct role in the FCCLA conference is the QR code. 

QR Code
QR code for Missouri FCCLA's Facebook page

Short for “quick response,” QR codes can be read by cell phones using applications that quickly scan and process data.  A QR code (shown here) that links to the Missouri FCCLA Facebook page is on FCCLA T-shirts. 

“QR codes will be scattered throughout meeting areas as part of a student scavenger hunt,” said Christine Hollingsworth, FCCLA state advisor and a supervisor at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  “The scavenger hunt is a fun way to utilize mobile technology to engage students in conference activities.”

In addition, almost 700 students will participate in 34 skill-building events in areas such as entrepreneurship, culinary arts, job interviews, preparation for careers in education, chapter service projects and more.  Winners at the state conference will advance to the National FCCLA Leadership Conference this summer in Anaheim, Calif.

The opening session will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.  Heather Schultz, a motivational speaker from Atlanta, will deliver the keynote address.  National FCCLA President Ravi Karia of Texas also will be on hand to greet students and teachers, as well as to present a workshop on advocacy for family and consumer sciences education.

FCCLA is a career and technical student organization for young men and women in family and consumer sciences education.  Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making a difference in their families, careers and communities by addressing important personal, work and societal issues.  Missouri FCCLA ranks fourth in the nation in membership with more than 12,000 members.  There are 373 FCCLA chapters across the state.

Missouri FCCLA will maintain an active online presence during the state leadership conference.  For more information, visit the following links:

Conference program


Blog (will be live blogging during the event)